MOHAMED SALAH made Liverpool historical past with a brace to notch up 9 objectives in his first 12 Premier League video games for the membership.
When the Reds forked out £34 million to convey the Egyptian to Anfield from Roma in the summertime – after an unsuccessful spell within the Premier League for Chelsea, many thought it was one other piece of unhealthy enterprise by Liverpool
As an alternative he has repaid the religion proven in him by his membership – with supervisor Jurgen Klopp insisting he can nonetheless enhance.
He has already scored 9 Premier League objectives this season, beating the document of eight set by membership legend Robbie Fowler who set his mark in December 1993 – when Salah was ONE.
Salah, whose penalty helped Eygpt attain subsequent summer season’s World Cup finals, can be now the highest scorer within the Premier League.
Liverpool had been additionally boosted by the return of former Saints man Sadio Mane and Brazilian playmaker Phillipe Coutinho.
It’ll assist guarantee Klopp, who suffered a well being scare in midweek, stays out of hospital after claiming docs had instructed his workforce to keep up their profitable kind to assist his restoration.
It was the Saints nonetheless, with Shane Lengthy up entrance regardless of not discovering the web since February 11 who began the brightest.
Nathan Redmond reduce in and handed to Lengthy after simply 5 minutes just for Dejan Lovren to succeed in out and cease the ball going into the web.
The fixture learn like an outdated boys reunion with Mane, who scored 4 objectives for Saints towards his present membership, and Saints supervisor Mauricio Pellegrino a former participant and coach beneath ex-Anfield boss Rafa Benitez.
Then there was Virgil Van Dijk, lastly taking part in at Anfield this season after Klopp unsuccessfully bid for him in the summertime and amidst renewed hypothesis of a transfer away from St Mary’s in January.
Mane and Coutinho had already missed probabilities when Salah iopened the scoring for the house facet after three minutes.
Van Dijk had tried to go the ball away to security just for it to fall to Georginino Wijnaldum. He arrange the Egyptian whose driving left foot shot flew previous Fraser Forster into the highest nook of the web.
And 20 minutes later Salah scored his second. A lovely move from Coutinho discovered the 25 year-old whose left foot shot sailed previous Forster for his ninth purpose this season.
After 54 minutes Trent Alexander-Armstrong discovered Firmino just for Forster to hurry out of his goalmouth to make the save.
The guests, who’ve have gained simply 4 of their final 20 league video games, then introduced on Charlie Austin to interchange Dusan Tadic in a bid to extend their attacking energy.
Nevertheless it was Liverpool who had been to attain. Mane began the transfer on the left, passing to Firmino whose shot was parried away by Forster permitting Coutinho to attain from the rebound on the 67th minute.
And minutes later Salah got here off – James Milner changing him – to a standing ovation and a hug from supervisor Klopp.
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FACTS, STATS, GOALS & LOLS
- Southampton’s lengthy anticipate a win at Anfield goes on. The final time they triumphed there was in 2013 they usually have gained simply 4 of their 41 top-flight matches on the floor.
- Anfield actually is a fortress. The Reds are unbeaten at house this season and have misplaced simply two of their final 33 league video games there.
- Liverpool have now conceded only one Premier League purpose in eight house fixtures this season.
- Liverpool have by no means had anybody rating greater than 14 objectives in a season for them since Luis Suarez left. Mo Salah has 14 up to now this season.
- Saints supervisor Mauricio Pellegrino performed 13 video games for Liverpool in 2005 and was first-team coach on the membership beneath Rafa Benitez between 2008-10.