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Liverpool 3-0 Southampton REPORT: Mohamed Salah back on the scoresheet in comfortable win

Liverpool cruised to victory over Southampton as Mo Salah got himself back on the scoresheet.

An own goal from Southampton defender Wesley Hoedt put the home side in front before Joel Matip headed home a second.

Salah then turned the ball home after Xherdan Shaqiri’s free-kick hit the bar.

The Egyptian then had a goal ruled out as Liverpool settled for three.

The only worry for Jurgen Klopp was an injury to Virgil van Dijk who had to be replaced in the second half.

Liverpool XI: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, van Dijk Robertson, Wijnaldum, Henderson, Salah, Shaqiri, Mane, Firmino.

Subs: Fabinho, Milner, Keita, Gomez, Sturridge, Moreno Mignolet.

Southampton XI: McCarthy, Vestergaard, Hoedt, Bertrand, Cedric Hojbjerg, Romeu, Lemina, Targett, Redmond, Long.

Subs: Yoshida Davis, Austin, Ward-Prowse, Armstrong, Gunn, Bednarek.

Referee: Paul Tierney (Lancashire)

That concludes our commentary of the Premier League fixture between Liverpool and Southampton! We hope you enjoyed it and we look forward to seeing you all again soon!

Liverpool have a break from the Premier League as they host Chelsea on Wednesday in the League Cup. Southampton are off until next weekend when they travel to Molineux to face Wolves.

From the 10th minute of the match, it was very apparent that Southampton were in for one of those days. Two of the three goals conceded were simply poor errors from Hughes’ defence, with an own goal and poor set-piece marking undoing the visitors. The loss condemns the Saints to their third loss in five matches and puts more pressure on the manager who has a very difficult upcoming fixture list.

The job was done in the first half for Jurgen Klopp’s side, who didn’t need to add any in the second period of play to ensure a victory which sees them, at least overnight, in sole possession of first place in the Premier League. Liverpool had no issues slicing through the Southampton defence and creatively played through the wings which opened up acres of space in the centre of the pitch. It was a professional performance from the Reds, who make it six wins from six in the league.
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FULL-TIME: LIVERPOOL 3-0 SOUTHAMPTON.
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Austin has Southampton’s first strike at goal in the match, and Alisson beats it away with a punch and gives the Saints a late corner which is cleared immediately by Liverpool.
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This is Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp’s 600th league game in charge in his career – his current record is P599 W295 D158 L146.
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SALAH SCORES BUT IT’S OFFSIDE! After a number of whacks towards goal by Milner – the second of which is cleared off the line – Salah nicks in to tap the ball home once and for all, but the linesman raises his flag as the Egypt forward is clearly offside.
87 minsminute by minute

Milner clips it in for Salah but while the intention is a good one, the execution is not and Southampton can clear.
86 minsminute by minute

Vestergaard puts in a bad tackle on Salah from behind and gives Liverpool a set-piece in a dangerous area with less than five minutes to play.
84 minsminute by minute

Liverpool win a corner but it’s taken predictably short by Milner towards Alexander-Arnold. The full-back sprays a pass to Salah whose chipped delivery for Firmino is blocked immediately on the edge of the area. The deflection allows Robertson to storm in and have a crack from the volley, but he sails his chance high.
82 minsminute by minute

Perhaps Hughes’ final substitution could have come earlier in the match to give his side some hope of scoring, but it was not to be. The very nature of the substitution – a like for like switch – reveals the managers’ lack of faith in earning a result.
79 minsminute by minute

With 11 minutes to go, Mark Hughes makes his final substitution and takes out Shane Long for Charlie Austin.
76 minsminute by minute

Lemina hits a first-time pass to Long who barely even moved to attempt to get on the end of the delivery. This is extremely frustrating as Southampton are surely capable of higher quality football than this.
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Milner passes down a blind alley for Long to intercept, but Matip’s pressure off his back forces the striker to put the ball out for a Liverpool throw-in. Even down three with time ticking away, there are no Southampton players in the Liverpool half.
72 minsminute by minute

Liverpool are passing in neat triangles now, not really looking to get forward and add to the lead, but sap away precious minutes from the match. There’s still 20 to play, but both teams are fairly convinced of the result by this stage.
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Liverpool’s final substitution is in midfield, with Naby Keita entering the fray to replace Georginio Wijnaldum.
68 minsminute by minute

Long chases down a loose ball in the penalty area but gets beat to the punch by Matip who shields the ball out of play for a goal-kick.
66 minsminute by minute

The match has really slowed down of late, with Liverpool happy to claim the three points with a three-goal showing, and Saints seemingly ready for the bus ride home. Southampton continue to chase possession, but all they’re doing is tiring themselves out.
64 minsminute by minute

Almost 70 minutes into the match, and Southampton have yet to register a strike at Alisson’s goal. It has been that kind of afternoon for a Saints side that started the match with a shape not conducive to clawing back a deficit – and little has been done from the manager’s technical area to change that.
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Liverpool pile on the pressure as a number of crosses come into the area from varying positions, with McCarthy’s decisive punch on Alexander-Arnold’s delivery enough to push Liverpool back and allow Southampton to come forward with the ball.
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Cedric’s cross goes all the way to the back post where the only one waiting is Alexander-Arnold who picks up possession and has time to turn and look for his next pass.
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Firmino looks to play Mane into the penalty area with a deceptive pass but Vestergaard is wise to the build-up and he intercepts with an outstretched leg.
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Mario Lemina is given the match’s second booking; a yellow card for a foul in midfield.
55 minsminute by minute

Oriol Romeu – carded earlier for a challenge on Henderson – is removed for Jan Bednarek in order to avoid the suspension that would come with a second booking.
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Matt Targett is also withdrawn at the same time, with Stuart Armstrong his replacement.
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Virgil Van Dijk is taken off in an enforced substitution as it looks as though the centre-back has picked up a slight knock which isn’t worth the risk. Joe Gomez enters the pitch looking to see out the victory.

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