On this day in 2018, Liverpool played Southampton at St. Mary’s Stadium and cruised to a 0-2 victory. Liverpool narrowed the gap between themselves and second placed Manchester United.
Liverpool, wearing their bold citrus kits, never looked like losing the match.
Southampton’s manager Mauricio Pellegrino was beside himself after the loss. He claimed that the loss to Liverpool was “the biggest defeat” that his side has suffered.
Liverpool Cruise to Victory
Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah each had a goal and an assist in the contest. Liverpool looked in complete control for the entire match.
Roberto Firmino handed the Reds an early lead when he scored in the sixth minute of the match. Firmino’s goal was assisted by Mohamed Salah on a wonderful pass.
Shortly after Joel Matip received a yellow card, Mohamed Salah scored a goal of his own. In the 42nd minute Mo Salah scored on a world class assist from Roberto Firmino.
“The second half was really bad. The people see our reaction on the pitch and the players feel the reaction. The anxiety in my players was really high. We understand the emotions of the fans but we have to keep going.Mauricio Pellegrino on the match against Liverpool
Not only did the Reds cruise to victory, but this was Virgil van Dijk’s first time playing Southampton since his record breaking transfer to Liverpool.
Jurgen Klopp hailed the defender’s professionalism amid Southampton boos.
He did really well and dealt with the situation fantastically. We had a little chat before the game, asking him what he thought. I didn’t want to make him nervous but obviously he wasn’t. The crowd is there to make life difficult for the opponent but it wasn’t too difficult for him.Jurgen Klopp on Virgil van Dijk
Liverpool are currently one place lower on the table than they were three years ago today.