Southampton boss Pellegrino: Stephens stepping up thanks to Van Dijk sale

Southampton boss Pellegrino: Stephens stepping up thanks to Van Dijk sale

Liverpool closed to within two points of second-placed Manchester United with a comfortable 2-0 victory at relegation-haunted Southampton on Sunday.

"I think it is a bit unfair because no-one really knows what happened over the summer and the last few months but I just kept my head down and enjoyed it", said Van Dijk.

And Klopp was just pleased to get the game out of the way with another three points on the board.

It will be a symphony of boos and hostile reception for the handful of ex-Saints in the Liverpool team - with van Dijk the latest to experience the treatment from Southampton fans after he left for Anfield on acrimonious terms in January. Salah's strike was his 21st goal of the seaosn. "They will want to show their quality but we have our own targets". "The only thing we can do is win our games, but it will stay tight until the end".

But they could have equalised when a deep cross fell to Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, who got the better of Andrew Robertson but saw his shot blocked by keeper Loris Karius, who was swiftly off his line.


Karius, easily the busier of the two goalkeepers, was tested again just before the half-hour mark, halting Guido Carrillo's header from a James Ward-Prowse cross.

The pace that Liverpool have could cause a real issue for out back-line with Salah reeking havoc in the reverse fixture!

It was satisfying to see attacking intent at the Hawthorns as we managed to score three goals away from home and should've scored more!

The Dutch defender completely missed his kick when trying to deal with a long ball and Salah pounced in a flash, showing great awareness to square to Firmino, who confidently slotted past Alex McCarthy.

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