Southampton 1-3 LFC

Southampton 1-3 LFC

Southampton 1-3 LFC

Jurgen Klopp hailed a "world class" goal from Mohamed Salah after the Egyptian helped Liverpool return to the top of Premier League on Friday thanks to a 3-1 win over Southampton.

Liverpool made sure of the points six minutes later through substitute Jordan Henderson to seal an important win and maintain their title challenge.

Ryan Bertrand's cross picked out the run of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg into the box and his flick-on looped over Andy Robertson for Long to control and score just his fourth goal in his last 50 Premier League appearances. Super goal from Mo, super run.

"The two goals we scored were simply world-class", he said.

Liverpool have now won more points from losing positions than any other team this season (16), and the latest three lift them back above Man City - although the champions do still have a game in hand over Klopp's side.

Salah is at his most unsafe on the stroke of half-time - scoring 18% of his goals in the last five minutes of the opening half, including stoppage time.

Liverpool had to come from behind at St. Mary's after Shane Long's ninth-minute opener
Liverpool had to come from behind at St. Mary's after Shane Long's ninth-minute opener

Liverpool had far more control of the game after the break, but had to wait until 10 minutes from time for the crucial goal and it came on the counter-attack from a Southampton corner.

The visitors began to dominate proceedings in the second half and eventually broke through in the 80th minute when Salah scored to end a goal drought that had lasted nearly eight weeks.

Speaking after the game, 28-year-old Henderson urged his team to go and win every game. A first goal after a while.

Yet, on this occasion he chose the right option despite the presence of Roberto Firmino in support.

"We spoke about that, he played there for England and looked really good". I thought the lads showed great character in the first half under a little bit of pressure, to come out of that and to go in 1-1 at half-time I thought was good for us.

A goal and assist represented a great cameo for the England worldwide, who give Liverpool more impetus and objective as they searched for their second of the game, before ending the game as a contest with a goal of his own late on. "But I'm still very proud". Wayne Rooney's second-half penalty for Everton salvaged a 1-1 draw.

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