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Southampton have no new injury worries ahead of Liverpool clash

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The match saw Virgil van Dijk make his first return to St Mary's and he received a hostile reception, with Saints fans jeering him whenever he touched the ball.

Southampton are in deep trouble now as they currently sit in 18th-place, while Liverpool have moved back into third.

The Dutch defender completely missed his kick when trying to deal with a long ball and Salah pounced in a flash, showing great awareness to square to Firmino, who confidently slotted past Alex McCarthy.

Attack wise, there is no comparison with Liverpool so far scoring three times more goals than their hosts, 59 as compared to the Saints' 20 goals.

Liverpool's signing of Van Dijk was a huge high point, as the team's defence was causing Jurgen Klopp and their fans all sorts of nightmares, so when the Dutchman scored the victor in the Merseyside derby in the FA Cup third round he was an instant hero.

The German goalkeeper was then put to work by headers from Guido Carrillo and twice by James Ward-Prowse but was not unduly troubled.

The Reds have now lost just one of their last 18 Premier League games, whereas Southampton equal an unwanted club record of seven successive home games without a Premier League victory.

More of Liverpool's former Southampton contingent, Sadio Mane and Adam Lallana, should have rubbed salt in the home side's wounds when they both fired wide when clean through.

"We just needed to score one goal to get back in it".

On 42 minutes Liverpool had doubled their lead as a lovely one-two between Firmino and Salah was finished off by the Egyptian as he stroked the ball into the net.

"It won't be a friendly game; they fight for everything, we fight for everything".

He said, "It's OK, but I would not say I'm satisfied".

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