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Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah on target as Liverpool climb up to third

11 February 2018

Liverpool was ahead after six minutes, with Mohamed Salah receiving the luxury of a wide open Sadio Mane and Firmino.

Georginio Wijnaldum fired over as Liverpool looked for a third, and then Firmino delayed his cross too long after breaking down the left with options to choose from in the middle.

It was a sloppy start from the home side, and Liverpool nearly doubled their advantage shortly afterwards when Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain - one of five former Southampton players in the visitors' matchday squad including January arrival Virgil van Dijk - saw his deflected drive kept out by Alex McCarthy.

Klopp's men are now just two points behind Manchester United in the Premier League table.

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Having ended their 12-game winless run with victory at West Bromwich Albion last week, the Saints will be looking to secure back-to-back wins in the Premier League for the first time since April 2017.

Karius was called into action again in the 29th minute, denying both Guido Carrillo and James Ward-Prowse.

Southampton continued to knock on the door, though, and Ward-Prowse was on the other end of two unsafe crosses to the back post but saw both of his headers saved by Karius.

The two team-mates displayed their telepathic understanding as Firmino, with his back to goal, flicked the ball into Salah's path in defence-splitting one-two.

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The 26-year-old has now scored 20 goals in all competitions in a single season for the first time since 2013-14 with Hoffenheim.

It was a sleepy start to the second period, with Liverpool under no threat as the Saints showed no sign of being able to find a route back into proceedings.

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.

Ward-Prowse hit a hard free kick to the front post, and Hoedt couldn't quite turn it past Karius as the match remained 2-0 in the 60th minute.

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Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah on target as Liverpool climb up to third