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Liverpool close on top four with win

Published on: 08 May 2021

Mane (left) looked back to something approaching his form of recent seasons with a sharp display against his former club

Liverpool boosted their hopes of Champions League qualification by beating Southampton to put pressure on fourth-placed Leicester City.

Newcastle United beat the Foxes 4-2 on Friday and Jurgen Klopp's men took full advantage by moving within six points of the top four with four games remaining - while Leicester have three.

Sadio Mane opened the scoring against his former club, heading home Mohamed Salah's cross moments after Alisson had made two saves in quick succession.

Alisson gifted Southampton a chance to equalise late in the game when he passed straight to Che Adams, but the Brazil goalkeeper made amends by saving the Scotland striker's shot.

Spain midfielder Thiago Alcantara then scored his first Liverpool goal in stoppage time to hand Klopp his 100th win at Anfield in all competitions.

Southampton are still not safe from relegation but their Premier League status could be secured when West Bromwich Albion and Fulham play later this weekend.

A return to form at Anfield

After being imperious at home in the past three seasons, Liverpool's title defence faltered mainly as a result of losing six top-flight games at Anfield for the first time in 67 years.

But despite being on a run of just one win from their last 10 league games at home, they made a bright start against Southampton with Salah twice testing Fraser Forster early on and Diogo Jota firing straight at the former England goalkeeper.

Liverpool's stand-in captain Georginio Wijnaldum also headed against the top of the crossbar from a corner, while a Saints break resulted in Alisson having to make a point-blank save from Adams with Nathan Redmond firing straight at him from the rebound.

Just 40 seconds later, Mane rose above Kyle Walker-Peters to head home Salah's inswinging cross. Remarkably, it was the first time the forwards have combined for a goal in the Premier League this season.

Nathan Tella headed straight at Alisson just before the break, and after Adams spurned his opportunity late on, substitute Roberto Firmino fed Thiago to seal victory with a 20-yard strike into the bottom corner.

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Squad number6Player nameThiago AlcántaraAverage rating


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Squad number26Player nameRobertsonAverage rating


Squad number66Player nameAlexander-ArnoldAverage rating


Squad number11Player nameMohamed SalahAverage rating


Squad number20Player nameDiogo JotaAverage rating


Squad number46Player nameR WilliamsAverage rating


Squad number5Player nameWijnaldumAverage rating


Squad number9Player nameRoberto FirminoAverage rating


Squad number15Player nameOxlade-ChamberlainAverage rating


Squad number17Player nameJonesAverage rating


SouthamptonAvgSquad number17Player nameArmstrongAverage rating


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Squad number23Player nameTellaAverage rating


Squad number2Player nameWalker-PetersAverage rating


Squad number35Player nameBednarekAverage rating


Squad number5Player nameStephensAverage rating


Squad number4Player nameVestergaardAverage rating


Squad number11Player nameRedmondAverage rating


Squad number10Player nameAdamsAverage rating


Squad number32Player nameWalcottAverage rating


Squad number14Player nameObafemiAverage rating


Squad number27Player nameDialloAverage rating


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Formation 4-3-3

1Alisson66Alexander-Arnold47Phillips46R Williams26Robertson6Thiago Alcántara3Fabinho5Wijnaldum11Salah20Jota10Mané

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    9Firmino13Adrián15Oxlade-Chamberlain17Jones21Tsimikas23Shaqiri58Woodburn76N Williams89Koumetio


Formation 4-4-2


    44Forster2Walker-Peters35Bednarek4Vestergaard5Stephens32WalcottSubstituted forDialloat 66'minutes8Ward-Prowse17Armstrong11RedmondBooked at 61mins10AdamsSubstituted forDjenepoat 79'minutes23TellaSubstituted forObafemiat 66'minutes



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Match ends, Liverpool 2, Southampton 0.

90'+5'Full Time

Second Half ends, Liverpool 2, Southampton 0.

90'+3'Post update

Offside, Liverpool. Alisson tries a through ball, but Curtis Jones is caught offside.


Substitution, Liverpool. Curtis Jones replaces Sadio Mané.

90'+3'Post update

Offside, Southampton. James Ward-Prowse tries a through ball, but Kyle Walker-Peters is caught offside.


Goal! Liverpool 2, Southampton 0. Thiago (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Roberto Firmino.

89'Post update

Offside, Liverpool. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain tries a through ball, but Roberto Firmino is caught offside.

88'Post update

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by James Ward-Prowse.


Substitution, Liverpool. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain replaces Mohamed Salah.

81'Post update

Offside, Liverpool. Andrew Robertson tries a through ball, but Sadio Mané is caught offside.

80'Post update

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Stuart Armstrong.


Substitution, Liverpool. Roberto Firmino replaces Diogo Jota.


Substitution, Southampton. Moussa Djenepo replaces Che Adams.

78'Post update

Attempt missed. Diogo Jota (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Mohamed Salah.

78'Post update

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Kyle Walker-Peters.

77'Post update

Attempt saved. Che Adams (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

71'Post update

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Alisson.

71'Post update

Attempt saved. Ibrahima Diallo (Southampton) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Michael Obafemi with a headed pass.

69'Post update

Attempt saved. James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

69'Post update

Attempt blocked. Kyle Walker-Peters (Southampton) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Nathan Redmond.

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