Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino shine as Liverpool come away with their second Premier League win in as many games.
After a confident win against Norwich last time out in the Premier League, Liverpool travelled to the south coast in search of another three points.
A difficult first-half ended 1-0 as backup keeper Adrian was called into action on numerous occasions.Embed from Getty Images
Overall he had a decent outing but a calamitous second-half blunder nearly cost the Reds the win.
In the end, Liverpool were able to hold on for a well-deserved 2-1 win.
Adrian – 5
He made some crucial interventions in the first-half to keep the score level, but looked uncomfortable with the ball at his feet, which ultimately led to the conceding of a goal.
Trent Alexander-Arnold – 7
Trent looked very positive on the right flank attempting balls in behind the Southampton defence numerous times.
He did get caught too high early in the game but eased into the defence as the game wore on.
Joel Matip – 6
A fairly solid performance from the Cameroonian but poor passes helped to compound Southampton pressure in the first half.
He was still a dominant force alongside Virgil.Embed from Getty Images
Virgil van Dijk – 7
Perhaps not the most commanding of performances from van Dijk but a performance lacking in mistakes.
Calm as ever the big No. 4.
Andrew Robertson – 7
Another lung-bursting performance that makes you tired just watching him, defended well but didn’t offer too much going forward.
James Milner – 6
A fairly standard performance, most probably not helped by the bandage that looked to be obscuring his vision from his right eye a little.
Georginio Wijnaldum – 6
Started brightly but his performance waned after switching sides with Milner having rejoined the fray after his off-pitch treatment.
He did improve in the second period and had some flashes of brilliance, but not numerous enough.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – 8
A fantastic, energetic performance, he seemed to be everywhere.
He regained possession a number of times and was very positive when on the ball, a good return to Premier League football.
His passing game has definitely improved and he will only get better with more game time.Embed from Getty Images
Mohamed Salah – 6
Had a few half-chances but couldn’t convert, looked to do a little too much on the ball by himself but got into good positions off the ball.
Salah needs to grow confident in his right foot as he is becoming too predictable.
Roberto Firmino – 8
A great Firmino performance, dropped back to regain possession and link play and grabbed himself a goal with a lovely reverse finish.
Liverpool are clearly a better team with him on the pitch.
Sadio Mané – 9
Dangerous is the only way to describe Sadio Mane today.
He made countless runs behind the defence, had a well-controlled header saved at the near post by Angus Gunn and fired home an emphatic goal to open the scoring.
Mané also bagged himself an assist by setting up Bobby later in the game.Embed from Getty Images
Fabinho – 6
A 20-minute cameo doesn’t give you much opportunity to shine but Fabinho, as ever, looked solid when he came on.
Broke up play in the midfield and brought a sense of reassurance when the team tried to hold onto the lead.
Divock Origi – 6
Divock is as Divock does, step-overs and cutting in from the left, looked enthusiastic but didn’t have much opportunity to do anything meaningful.
Jordan Henderson – 6
You can’t really do much wrong in five minutes, he did as a captain should and steadied the ship to prevent a Southampton equaliser.