EPL: Liverpool humble Southampton 2-0, move to 3rd place

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It meant ex-Saints defender Virgil van Dijk enjoyed a happy return to the south coast following his £75million move to Liverpool last month.

Despite climbing the Premier League table after ending a 13-game win less streak in the league on Saturday, Southampton could still find themselves back down in the relegation zone before kick-off, highlighting the importance of trying to take points from every game we play until we're safe.

Goals from Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah gave them a comfortable win at St Mary's, but just a week after beating Manchester City in January, Liverpool were back to losing ways and Jamie Carragher thought the loss was typical with a larger problem they have. His reception will most likely be hostile as will the reception of other ex-Saints that may feature including Dejan Lovren, Sadio Mane and Adam Lallana meaning boos will be ringing out through the stadium! The anxiety in my players was really high.

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The scorer brilliantly returned the favour to his provider for Liverpool's second shortly before half-time; the contender for assist of the season came by virtue of a one-two which saw Firmino deliver an exquisite backheel that put Salah through on goal to claim his 29th of the season in all competitions. I'm not bothered. What's important is what the manager says because he is the man in charge of me.

The Reds have now lost just one of their last 18 Premier League games, whereas Southampton equal an unwanted club record of seven successive home games without a Premier League victory.

"Hopefully we feel at the end of the game that we are growing and we are continuing with this feeling". "The people see our reaction on the pitch and the players feel the reaction. We understand the emotions of the fans but we have to keep this going".

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