Southampton vs. Liverpool - Football Match Report

Southampton vs. Liverpool - Football Match Report

Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp acclaimed his side's resilience as they came from behind to secure a "massive win" to return to the Premier League summit.

Yet at a critical moment, with Liverpool just over 10 minutes away from dropping points in the title race, he stepped up.

Liverpool's next match is a Champions League, first-leg match away to Porto, while Saints host Wolves in the Premier League on April 13.

The game didn't start off in the best way for the Reds.

With Jurgen Klopp opting to shake it up in the centre of the park, this early setback looked like it could have been a mistake.

The Guinean midfielder was starting his first game for over two months and against his old boss.

"It was goal number 50 for Liverpool, an incredible number".

Rising high, Keita powered his header towards goal.

It was looking like Salah might hand off the match victor to the surging Brazilian, but he took on the opportunity himself and finished stylishly with a crisply placed strike that left Angus Gunn without a prayer.

No player has reached 50 Premier League goals for Liverpool faster than Mohamed Salah, with the Egypt star proud of his achievement. However, it wasn't to be - a resolute Southampton frustrated the Reds, while also causing them numerous problems.

A succession of crosses went all the way through to the opposite flank before Trent Alexander-Arnold provided the telling moment of quality with a whipped delivery which Keita met and squeezed over the line via a slight deflection off Jan Bednarek.

Liverpool began to take the upper hand in the fixture.

The Saints broke the deadlock after only nine minutes at St. Mary's, courtesy of Shane Long's 50th Premier League goal, as he controlled Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg's flick-on before firing his effort beyond Alisson.

Having scored with a rare sight of goal, Liverpool nearly made it two in three minutes when Roberto Firmino stood a cross up into the middle for Mane, who again rose highest in the box but this time could not get enough on his header to test the keeper.

'We knew we needed a near ideal game against such a team. I thought the lads showed great character in the first half under a little bit of pressure, to come out of that and to go in 1-1 at half-time I thought was good for us.

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