Diogo Jota struck after simply 97 seconds as Liverpool closed to inside one level of Premier League leaders Chelsea after a 4-0 stroll in opposition to Southampton on Saturday.
Liverpool’s lengthy unbeaten run was ended by high-flying West Ham earlier this month however they’ve clicked effortlessly again into gear, scoring 10 targets with out reply in three video games since that defeat.
Portugal ahead Jota scored a first-half double at Anfield, with Thiago Alcantara including a 3rd to successfully finish the competition in opposition to their demoralised opponents eight minutes earlier than half-time.
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A purpose from former Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk early within the second half underlined the dominance of the house facet.
Jurgen Klopp’s crew, who gained the Premier League in 2020, have now scored 39 targets in 13 league video games this season, 9 greater than Chelsea, who host Manchester United on Sunday.
Klopp reverted to his strongest line-up for the go to of Ralph Hasenhuttl’s Southampton after they beat Porto 2-0 in midweek and was rewarded with a purpose inside two minutes.
Andy Robertson mixed effectively with Sadio Mane down the left and acquired to the byline to drag again for Jota, who scored from shut vary.
Mane had the ball within the internet once more after he was fouled by Jan Bednarek — the Senegalese ahead headed dwelling the ensuing Robertson free-kick — however the flag went up for offside.
Mohamed Salah went shut however Southampton themselves had a great probability to equalise when Armando Broja did not beat goalkeeper Alisson Becker after seizing on a careless Liverpool throw.
Jota doubled his tally within the thirty second minute after Southampton have been reduce open down their proper facet.
Salah collected a intelligent return cross from Jordan Henderson to slip a low cross to Jota, who tapped dwelling from shut vary.
Midfielder Thiago made it two targets in as many video games with a deflected shot eight minutes earlier than half-time to nearly seal the three factors for Liverpool.
The free-scoring dwelling facet picked up the place they’d left off after the break when Van Dijk scored in opposition to his former membership, squeezing a low volley dwelling after a nook from Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Liverpool, who play Everton within the Merseyside derby in midweek, now have 28 factors after 13 video games following their eighth win of the season.