Southampton vs. Liverpool: Virgil van Dijk returns to former club

Doug Mendoza
February 12, 2018

It meant ex-Saints defender Virgil van Dijk enjoyed a happy return to the south coast following his £75million move to Liverpool last month.

Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah combined for both goals at the beginning and end of the first half as Liverpool returned to winning ways in the top flight, handing Jurgen Klopp his 50th Premier League victory as manager.

However, the visitors were able to coast through the final stages with Firmino and Salah even replaced in flawless preparation for their return to Champions League action at Porto in the first leg of their last 16 tie on Wednesday.

Hosts Southampton have made just one change to the starting XI that won 3-2 at West Bromwich Albion last week, with Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg replacing Sofiane Boufal in midfield.

Liverpool defeated Southampton by a decisive 2-0 scoreline on Sunday evening. Mohamed Salah, who has been in such superb goalscoring form this season, turned provider as he kept his cool to pick out a ideal pass to Roberto Firmino who was able to slot the ball into the back of the net.

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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.

While Southampton did not manage to score in the 25 minutes following the goal, there were clearly positive signs for the Saints as they went in search of a much-needed equaliser.

Firmino nearly extended Liverpool's lead on 71 minutes only for Alex McCarthy to make a brilliant save before Salah failed to convert the rebound.

However, it was his assist for Liverpool's second goal that was the highlight of the first half.

"It won't be a friendly game; they fight for everything, we fight for everything".

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