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Liverpool vs Southampton. Premier League.

AnfieldAttendance53,040.

Liverpool 4

  • D Jota (2nd minute, 32nd minute)
  • Thiago (37th minute)
  • V van Dijk (52nd minute)

Southampton 0

    Liverpool 4-0 Southampton: Free-scoring Liverpool move second as Diogo Jota scores twice in thumping win

    Free match highlights and report as Diogo Jota (2), Thiago and Virgil van Dijk score in dominant Liverpool victory; Liverpool have now scored 39 goals this season after just 13 games, nine more than any other team

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    FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Liverpool's win against Southampton in the Premier League.

    Liverpool moved second in the Premier League - for 24 hours at least - as they strolled past Southampton with a commanding 4-0 win at Anfield.  

    Liverpool were unapologetic in their style of play, giving Saints chances but never once relenting in their own attacking endeavours, blitzing their opponents in the first half. They went ahead inside 97 seconds through Diogo Jota, converting Andrew Robertson's low cross for the fastest Premier League goal of the season.

    Jota got his second with another close-range finish, this time from Mo Salah's centre (32), and Thiago put the game beyond Saints' reach before the break as his left-footed drive deflected off Lyanco and into the net (37), his second goal in as many games.

    Virgil van Dijk scored his first Liverpool goal since the opening day of last season to make it 4-0, driving low from a Trent Alexander-Arnold corner (52), and that's how it stayed as Jurgen Klopp's side claimed back-to-back 4-0 wins in the Premier League.

    Liverpool have now scored 39 goals this season after just 13 games, nine more than any other team. They sit a point behind Chelsea, but will move down to third if Man City beat West Ham on Sunday. After back-to-back defeats, Southampton are 14th.

    Player ratings

    Liverpool: Alisson (7), Alexander-Arnold (7), Van Dijk (7), Konate (7), Robertson (8), Henderson (7), Thiago (7), Fabinho (7), Jota (8), Mane (6), Salah (6)

    Subs: Oxlade-Chamberlain (6), Milner (6), Minamino (NA)

    Southampton: McCarthy (5), Livramento (5), Lyanco (5), Bednarek (4), Salisu (5), Perraud (4), Romeu (4), Ward-Prowse (5), Broja (4), Adams (4), Armstrong (5)

    Subs: Redmond (5), Tella (5), Walker-Peters (NA)

    Man of the match: Diogo Jota

    How Liverpool breezed past Saints for another 4-0 win

    Ralph Hasenhuttl - dubbed 'The Alpine Klopp' - may have got the better of his coaching friend when these two sides met in January, which prompted an emotional celebration from the Austrian, but Liverpool were in complete control from minute one at Anfield.

    Jota, operating as a false nine, bamboozled the Saints' three-man central defence all afternoon, pulling them here, there and everywhere as Liverpool ran riot in the first half.

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    Diogo Jota scores early for Liverpool
    Image: Diogo Jota scores early for Liverpool

    He opened the scoring after just two minutes, stretching at close range to direct Robertson's centre past Alex McCarthy during a frenzied opening in which both sides had chances.

    Some slack play from Thiago almost allowed James Ward-Prowse in moments later, denied by Alisson at his feet, before Salah's trademark curling effort form the corner of the box fell just wide.

    Liverpool, always susceptible to giving away chances, fell asleep again from their own throw in to allow Armando Broja space down the left flank; Ibrahima Konate could not catch him, but Alisson was there again to block.

    Saints press meant the contest resembled a basketball match in the first 30 minutes, but Liverpool blitzed Saints with two quickfire goals to put the game out of reach.

    Diogo Jota celebrates scoring his second goal with Mohamed Salah and Jordan Henderson AP
    Image: Diogo Jota celebrates scoring his second goal with Mohamed Salah and Jordan Henderson

    Jota grabbed his second of the game and eighth of the season on 32 minutes, tapping home at the far post from Salah's delicious centre across the face of goal after Henderson had slipped him through on the right of the box, though there was a shout for a handball on Alexander-Arnold in the build-up.

    Jota was denied a hat-trick by a last-ditch Lyanco block, but the defender's heroics were quickly forgotten as he deflected Thiago's left-footed drive from just inside the box into the far corner of the net. Thiago, brimming with confidence after netting a stunner in midweek against Porto, had done well initially to latch onto a half-cleared ball and produce a sumptuous step-over to find a yard to shoot.

    Thiago celebrates after scoring Liverpool's third goal
    Image: Thiago celebrates after scoring Liverpool's third goal

    The action kept coming as Adam Armstrong forced an excellent save out of Alisson low to his right, but despite a double substitution at half-time and a change to a back four, Liverpool continued to swarm forward.

    Team news

    Liverpool made three changes from the 4-0 win over Arsenal as Konate, Henderson and Robertson came into the XI for Oxlade-Chamberlain, Tsmikas and Matip, who all moved to the bench.

    Southampton also made three changes as Lyanco, Perraud and Broja came in for Walker-Peters, Elyounoussi and Diallo. Lyanco was making his first Premier League start.

    After McCarthy had tipped wide Sadio Mane's long-range shot, Liverpool scored from the resulting corner. Alexander-Arnold's delivery fell to Van Dijk on the penalty spot after the defender peeled away from Oriol Romeu far too easily, and his first-time strike squirmed under McCarthy for four.

    Saints still had plenty of opportunities - Armstrong should have done better as his mishit was blocked by Konate at point-blank range - but the best fell to Liverpool as Jota missed a fine chance for his hat-trick, touching wide from six yards out from another outstanding Robertson delivery.

    Liverpool barely took their foot off the gas until the full-time whistle, but couldn't create any further clear chances. It ended 4-0, but it could have easily been at least six, with Klopp's side looking in fantastic shape and back to their very best ahead of the busy winter schedule.

    What the managers said...

    Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp: "The game went completely in our direction. We controlled the game pretty much. I said after the game to the boys, it was 4-0, what do I have to moan about? But we can and have to do much better. [Alisson's] saves were too spectacular. But of course a lot of things were really good.

    "We had a lot of good football moments today, and I think the people enjoyed it. It was cold here today, so we gave them a bit of warmth I think!"

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    Despite beating Southampton 4-0 at Anfield, Jurgen Klopp claims that his Liverpool side have to play much better in future weeks in order to get a result as he praised the work of his goalkeeper Alisson.

    On Diogo Jota: "Exceptional player exceptional boy. He's the perfect signing because he has everything that a Liverpool player needs in this squad. The technical skills, the physical skills, and he is very smart and can learn all the tactical stuff pretty quick. He can also play all positions. So it was very helpful, he has the speed and direction to finish situations off. His goalscoring record is pretty impressive."

    Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl: "The first half was simply not good enough to be competitive against this team. We tried a different way of defending, and it was absolutely not working. Second half we changed to our normal behaviours.

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    Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl claims that the first-half performance against Liverpool at Anfield was not good enough and conceding after just two minutes ruined the game plan.

    "They are on fire at the moment, you must say. We had chances, we can score, but it's only a question of time when they speed up the game today. I think there was no chance today after the start we had."

    What the pundit said

    Sky Sports' Paul Merson:

    "Without playing great they've just won a Premier League football match 4-0. This is the difference between those in the top three. Teams in the bottom half have to play to their absolute maximum to win a match and Liverpool, who weren't even great, stroll up and win 4-0. That tells you what the other teams are up against."

    Opta stats

    • Liverpool have now scored 2+ goals in 17 consecutive games in all competitions - becoming only the second ever English top-flight club to achieve this feat after Sunderland in 1927 (17).
    • Liverpool have scored 39 goals in their 13 Premier League games this season, their highest goal total at this stage of a top-flight campaign.
    • Liverpool's Mohamed Salah has been directly involved in 25 goals in all competitions this season (17 goals, 8 assists), more than double that of any other Premier League player.
    • Only Wayne Rooney (22y 200d) and Cesc Fàbregas (21y 188d) have reached 40 Premier League assists at a younger age than Trent Alexander-Arnold (23 years & 51 days).

    What's next?

    Liverpool now go to city rivals Everton on Wednesday night at 8.15pm, while Southampton host Leicester on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Free highlights from both games will be available on the Sky Sports website, App and YouTube channel.

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