A morale-boosting win for The Reds after just one win in three league games, and a big weekend in terms of the top four race after Newcastle’s win over Manchester United dragged the Red Devils back into the battle.
Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah got the goals as Liverpool did the business at Saint Mary’s, beating Southampton 2-0.
Here’s how the Reds rated individually on an original scale of 1-10.
A clean sheet!
Loris Karius (7): Another good performance from the German, who seems to be taking his chance, finally, at nailing down the number-one spot. No spectacular saves but a good block from Hojbjerg and then a fine stop to tip Ward-Prowse’s header over. Kicked well, punched well, let no balls go past him. A good day.
Trent Alexander-Arnold (6): A bright start to the game but faded a little. Nice and quick with his passing which was excellent as Liverpool spent much of the game counter-attacking.
Virgil van Dijk (7): Finally got his first clean sheet, after another good performance. Marshalled the backline well, headed everything, good with his passing. All that was missing was a goal.
Joel Matip (6): Sliced one out of play which was annoying when Saints were on top, but other than that made no mistakes. Not quite as authoritative as the fellow next to him but he didn’t have to be.
Andy Robertson (5): Liverpool’s only poor performer, which will concern the Scot given rumours that Moreno’s set to come back into the side for the Champions League. Was alright going forward, one particularly good cross, but misjudged too many aerial deliveries in the first-half which could have seen The Reds punished.
Another win for the ‘Man City midfield’
Emre Can (6): Gets booked a lot, doesn’t he? I think you have to accept it given the way he plays the game, but that’s his ninth Premier League yellow of the season. Shows how smart he is that he’s managed to avoid a sending off, in a way. Good performance ran the midfield and engaged well with the impressive Lemina.
Georginio Wijnaldum (6): Hard to rate a player I didn’t see do much. Should take the ball and shoot late in the game rather than dummying it to Mané. Will he ever score an away goal again? No.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (6): Very ‘6/10’ performance from the midfield. Let the game get away from them a bit in the first-half but regained composure in the second. Oxlade-Chamberlain was alright, think he plays on Wednesday given it he was brought off ahead of Wijnaldum.
Sadio Mané (6): Decent today, nothing explosive going forward but some good touches and passes, nearly picks up an assist for Firmino and could have got a goal had Salah found him a little more. Don’t worry about Mané, he’ll get one eventually then probably won’t stop scoring until the end of the season.
Roberto Firmino (8): Absolutely delicious performance. Good finish for the first goal on his left foot and then it’s an unbelievable piece of skill to play the one-two with Salah for the second. Man of the Match.
Mohamed Salah (8): Runs down the wing, don’t you know? When he’s not running down the wing he’s coming inside, setting up Firmino and then bending in a 22nd goal of the season.
James Milner (6): Came on and played alright, I think he starts on Wednesday.
Adam Lallana (5): Should score.
Dejan Lovren (N/A): BOOOOOOOOOO.