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Van Dijk starts on Southampton return

12 February, 2018, 00:32 | Author: Joan Malone
  • PHOTO: Liverpool Star Shocks Fans & Jokes About 'Defrosting Feet' After St Mary's Cameo

With a host of ex-Southampton players amongst the Liverpool ranks, not to mention the acquisition 5 weeks ago of £75M Virgil van Dijk, there is no doubt likely to be a febrile atmosphere at St Mary's Stadium.

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

Southampton responded well and exerted pressure on their visitors, with Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg forcing Karius into action from close range in the 18th minute.

And this is how things stayed for the remainder of the clash, with the Saints struggling to create clear-cut goalscoring opportunities over the course of the second-half, whereas Liverpool could easily have added to their goal tally through the likes of Salah, Firmino and Sadio Mane.

Karius, easily the busier of the two goalkeepers, was tested again just before the half-hour mark, halting Guido Carrillo's header from a James Ward-Prowse cross.

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Firmino struck early after Southampton centre-back Wesley Hoedt's mistake, as the Dutchman horribly misjudged a Liverpool ball forward and gifted possession to the last player on the pitch that the Saints should allow to have the ball, Salah.

Liverpool should have put the game beyond Southampton 20 minutes from time when Firmino saw his effort saved by McCarthy and Salah put the rebound into the side-netting. Obviously, after the second goal, it was really tough for us to come back and, little by little, our confidence in the game was really down'.

Salah is proving to be the signing of the season as his goals, influence and general play have given something Liverpool have lacked for some time, and despite the fact he is not an out-and-out striker, he is scoring goals like one.

He said, "It's OK, but I would not say I'm satisfied".

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