Liverpool defeat Southampton and Twitter reacts to Reds win

Liverpool Virgil van Dijk Southampton

Firmino then turned provider just before the break, returning the favour to Salah, who finished with aplomb to effectively end the chances of a home side who got progressively worse after the break.

While Liverpool jump over Tottenham into third place in the table, Mauricio Pellegrino's struggling Southampton drop into the bottom three, with the pressure now firmly on the Argentine.

Returning centre-half Virgil van Dijk tasted victory in the league for the first time since his £75m move to Merseyside from Southampton in January as Klopp chalked up his 50th win as Reds boss.

Klopp's side could have added further gloss to the scoreline as they missed a couple more opportunities, but Southampton never looked like fighting back and Liverpool successfully capitalised on United's 1-0 defeat at Newcastle United earlier on Sunday.

In a recurring theme of Liverpool's season, Jurgen Klopp's men made a fast start by scoring inside 10 minutes for the ninth time this campaign.

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"I enjoyed it a lot", Van Dijk said.

Salah received the ball from Joel Matip around 30 yards out from goal and was allowed to turn and play a short pass into Firmino's feet.

Southampton responded well to going behind, but lacked a clinical touch as their wait for a first home league win since November continued. Liverpool have failed to score in four successive matches against Southampton, including both legs of the 2016-17 League Cup semi-final.

"We have got Maya Yoshida, we have got Wesley Hoedt, we have got Jack and we have got Jan Bednarek who is a young player".

"Our belief and our confidence was really down and for me this is the worst part of the game".

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