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Liverpool beat Saints as Firmino and Salah hit target

Liverpool beat Saints as Firmino and Salah hit target

Returning centre-half Virgil van Dijk tasted victory in the league for the first time since his £75m move to Merseyside from Southampton in January as Klopp chalked up his 50th win as Reds boss.

Southampton were unable to fight back in the second half as they end the weekend in the bottom three and a point from safety, while Liverpool climb back up to third after momentarily dropping a place following Tottenham Hotspur's win over Arsenal on Saturday.

His pass to Salah was turned inside by the Egyptian for Firmino to apply the finishing touch for his 20th goal of the season. With draws against Watford, Spurs and Brighton and a win over West Brom in the league as well as two FA Cup wins by a 1-0 scoreline against Fulham and Watford, Saints will have confidence going into this game.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, who was on the bench for that game, replaces Sofiane Boufal in midfield.

Lovren has started on 18 occasions in the Premier League this season and the Croatian global played alongside van Dijk against Spurs in the dramatic 2-2 draw at Anfield.

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The German goalkeeper was then put to work by headers from Guido Carrillo and twice by James Ward-Prowse but wasn't unduly troubled.

Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino scored to pile on the misery for Pellegrino who admitted the fans have run out of patience with him.

Salah's role in the two goals should not be underestimated but Firmino's brilliance was timely given Liverpool legend John Aldridge's quotes earlier in the week.

But the former Saints captain will scarcely have had an easier 90 minutes at St. Mary's as Southampton failed to muster any danger after the break.

"I didn't know United had lost before the game, but we know we're not far away, and we play against them at least one more time this season", said Klopp.


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