Liverpool continued their winning ways with a 3-0 dispatching of Southampton at the weekend, ensuring spirits and momentum were kept high after a thoroughly dull international break.
Two goals from Mohamed Salah got The Reds well on their way to the three points before Philippe Coutinho ensured there would be no way back for the away side.
Here are the observations from the match.
Magic Mo Salah…again
If we thought 12 goals was impressive for a player who recently returned to the Premier League after a stint in the Serie A, 14 is phenomenal. Equally the record for Liverpool’s highest goalscorer in all competitions last season, t the Egyptian once again looked to be a real handful to the Southampton defence with some intricate movement between the lines.
He scored his 13th goal of the season inside the first 30 minutes, with the 14th coming just ten minutes later. The game was another indication of the range of goals we’ve seen him score since he made his move to Merseyside, with an incredible finish producing his first to break the deadlock, curling a beautifully accurate shot beyond the reach of Fraser Forster.
If he can continue in such a rich vein of form, he’ll easily reach the 30+ goals tally many wanted from a summer striker.
Sadio Mane causes some headaches
Right from the word go, the Liverpool winger showed his pace against Cedric, causing Southampton some serious problems left, right and centre. His impressive movement made him a real handful alongside Salah and Firmino, with his former-club picking away at him throughout the match in order to stop his dominance.
Such tactics failed to prevent him from contributing to the outcome of the match, with a beautiful reverse pass to Roberto Firmino setting up Liverpool’s third goal. Forster made a great save to deny Firmino before his international teammate was on hand to steer in the 3rd and secure the points.
Those who taunted Liverpool’s £30million outlay last summer look increasingly inept…