Liverpool continued their impressive form in the Premier League by dismantling Southampton 4-0. Goals from Thiago Alcântara, Virgil Van Dijk and a brace from Diogo Jota was enough to see them move a point within Chelsea who entertain Man United on Sunday.
Liverpool were looking to start from where they left off last week with a conquering win over Arsenal and they didn’t disappoint. Two minutes on the clock, they took an early lead with a poacher’s finish from Jota who was filling up for the injured Bobby Firmino. Robertson and Sadio Mane were too hot to handle after a neat interchange of passes left the backline gaping and the left back delivered a brilliant low cross that saw the Portuguese international strike it home.
Southampton offered nothing in the first 20 minutes with the home team running riot with their slick counterattacks. The pair thought they had combined again for Liverpool’s second goal when Mane headed the ball at the back of the net in the 11th minute from Robertson’s scintillating free-kick only for the goal to be chopped off for offside.
In the 23rd minute, the visitors finally tested Liverpool’s keeper Allison Becker on the break after Chelsea’s on loan player Armando Broja managed to maneuver past Ibrahima Konate but the keeper read the intentions of the striker early and managed to deflect the ball for a corner kick.
Liverpool averaged over 70 per cent ball possession in the first half which saw them have decent opportunities to extend their lead and they took their chance in the 32nd minute after Mohammed Salah and Jordan Henderson took matters into their own hands by decisively finding each other, with the Egyptian Star laying the ball on a platter for Jota again to tap it home.
The high pressing game and counterattacking football favoured Liverpool’s front three with their galloping runs exasperating defenders who had zero answers, with them being on the receiving end in every knocking. Jota had a chance to get his hattrick four minutes later but his shot was ricocheted out. A minute later things went south for the visitor when Thiago wriggled past the defense with his shot taking a wicked rebound and winded up at the back of the net. This is his second goal in two consecutive matches and there was clear daylight at Anfield.
Van Dijk put a seal on their emphatic victory in the second half when a poorly defended corner saw the ball compassionately stride his path, with luck and composure, he slid it past the defenseless Southampton goalkeeper Alex McCarthy.
The Reds now shift their focus to the Merseyside Derby when they travel to Everton on Wednesday, a game that is full of animosity in the quest for dominance.