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Four goals at Anfield yet again as scintillating Liverpool destroy Southampton

It was another fabulous display from title challengers Liverpool as they dismantled Southampton easily with the loud Anfield crowd loving every pass, shot and goal.

The goals came from Diogo Jota, Thiago Alcantara and lastly from Virgil Van Dijk.

Liverpool got off to a flying start as after just two minutes Jota put the hosts in front and it was thanks to Sadio Mane and Andy Robertson linking up superbly down the left-hand side.

Mane was able to slip the ball past three Southampton defenders to get Roberson into the box and the Scotsman who hasn’t been at his best recently repaid the faith Klopp put in him by setting up Jota for a tap in.

After the goal Liverpool were a bit messy in possession as Thiago presented a massive chance to James Ward-Prowse however Alisson done well to smother the ball.

Mane in the 12th minute thought he had doubled the lead for his side as Robertson put in a delicious delivery from a free-kick and the Senegalese nodded home.

However, the linesman’s flag went up and VAR confirmed the decision as he was millimetres offside.

Alisson was needed again soon after that offside goal due to an awfully placed throw-in from Trent Alexander-Arnold.

He went to throw it back to Ibrahim Konate, but Armando Broja latched onto it and sped past Konate.

The Chelsea loanee held off the Frenchman which is an impressive feat but he was unable to get the ball past Alisson as the Brazilian stood tall.

Just after the half-an-hour mark Liverpool finally went and doubled the lead though to calm down any nerves hat were lingering in the stands of Anfield.

Mohamed Salah and captain Jordan Henderson linked up on the right-hand side delightfully just like Mane and Robertson did for the first goal.

The pair played a one two which split open the Southampton backline and enabled Salah to pick his head up to find Jota all alone in the six yard-box for another tap-in.

Five minutes after that second goal Thiago put the game to bed as he scored yet again after his stupendous strike against Porto.

He ball rolled past Jan Bednarek and then smashed the shot powerfully with the ball flying past Alex McCarthy due to a deflection.

Just before half-time Ralph Hassenhuttl’s side came close to getting a goal back as Adam Armstrong nearly caught Alisson out as he shaped to go and shoot to his left but instead went low to his right.

Alisson again dealt with the situation parrying the ball out wide for a corner and from the resulting corner Liverpool had a counter-attack.

Salah was running with the ball at Valentino Livramento with Jota and Mane in support, yet the Egyptian couldn’t find either of his teammates.

The second half started in the same electric pattern as within seven minutes The Reds got their fourth goal, and it came from former Saints man Virgil Van Dijk.

It was from a corner which came due to Mane nearly scoring the goal of the game.

He cut-in on his right foot and looked to bend one in the top-right corner however McCarthy done extremely well to tip the ball over the bar.

Alexander-Arnold whipped in the corner an Van Dijk volleyed it first time past McCarthy for his first goal since his return from injury.

Not long after that Konate done his part in keeping the clean sheet as he blocked an effort from Armstrong which looked destined to go past Alisson then the shot-stopper saved the rebound effort as Liverpool stayed strong at the back.

With 15 minutes left there seemed to be no goals left in the game as Liverpool had taken their foot of the gas ever so slightly but there should have been at least one more as Robertson yet again set up Jota.

He burst down the left wing and crossed the ball to Jota, but he was stretching which meant he could not make proper contact therefore no hat-trick.

Salah and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had the only other chances to make it five with Mohamed Salisu blocking the wingers effort and McCarthy denying the latter.

It was another 100 miles per hour performance from Jurgen Klopp’s players and importantly another clean sheet which they were struggling with before the international break.

Now though it is three on the bounce with all attention turning to one of the biggest games of the season in midweek, the Merseyside derby.

There was also a lovely tribute in the 12th minute from the crowd as they applauded and sang You’ll Never Walk Alone to honour the memory of Ava White who lost her life this week.

May she Rest in Peace.

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