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Southampton 0-2 Liverpool – BBC Sport


Mohamed Salah has scored 11 goals away from home this season – only Luis Suarez (14 in 2013-14) has more in one season for Liverpool

Liverpool moved to within two points of second-placed Manchester United after goals from Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah secured a comfortable victory over struggling Southampton.

Brazil forward Firmino gave Liverpool an early lead with his 20th goal of the season when he finished off a Liverpool counter-attack after being teed up Salah.

Southampton then twice brought saves out of Reds goalkeeper Loris Karius, before Liverpool added a second through Salah after he exchanged passes with Firmino.

It was the Egypt international’s 29th goal of the season for the club from 36 appearances in all competitions.

Liverpool looked the more likely to score again after half-time as they controlled possession, and only some last-ditch defending prevented a greater margin of victory.

The win ensured Liverpool took advantage of United’s 1-0 defeat by Rafael Benitez’s Newcastle side earlier on Sunday and leapfrogged Tottenham back into third place.

Southampton drop into the relegation zone, a point behind Huddersfield who beat Bournemouth 4-1, with further scrutiny of the position of manager Mauricio Pellegrino likely.

Van Dijk keeps his cool

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk was expected to get a hostile reaction from the Southampton fans on his first return to St Mary’s since his move to Anfield and there were plenty of boos for the Dutchman.

Indeed, Reds manager Jurgen Klopp revealed in the build-up to the match he would speak to Van Dijk