Liverpool defeat Southampton and Twitter reacts to Reds win

Jurgen Klopp with Virgil van Dijk and Jose Mourinho

Southampton, who were up against their former defender Virgil van Dijk on his return to St Mary's, end the weekend in the relegation zone as their quest for a first home league win since November continues.

Goals from Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah fired the Reds back up to third place in the Premier League table above Tottenham and two points behind second-placed Manchester United.

They have only won three league matches on their own patch this season, and only one team in the Premier League has won fewer.

And this is how things stayed for the remainder of the clash, with the Saints struggling to create clear-cut goalscoring opportunities over the course of the second-half, whereas Liverpool could easily have added to their goal tally through the likes of Salah, Firmino and Sadio Mane.

"We have got Maya Yoshida, we have got Wesley Hoedt, we have got Jack and we have got Jan Bednarek who is a young player".

In a recurring theme of Liverpool's season, Jurgen Klopp's men made a fast start by scoring inside 10 minutes for the ninth time this campaign.

Van Dijk epitomised exactly what Southampton now lack at the back and what Liverpool were looking for when signing him in order to strengthen a previously very weak and fragile area.

The Saints have plenty of players enjoying good runs of form and hopefully we can see Guido Carrillo snatch his first goal for the side!

Firmino slotted his ensuing finish home with aplomb, before the Reds' brilliant attacking duo combined once again to double Liverpool's lead shortly before half-time. "I think we deserved the three points, [we got a] clean sheet, no injuries - [it was] almost ideal".

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