Crushing Southampton 4-0, Liverpool hit the 39-goal mark for the first time after the first 13 rounds of the Premier League.

A week after the 4-0 victory over Arsenal, Liverpool continued to dominate at Anfield. Entering the game with the intention of preemption and the spirit of wanting to “eat up” the opponent, Klopp’s teachers and students opened the scoring in the second minute. Andrew Robertson entered the box after combining with Sadio Mane. His clear pass made the task of scoring too easy for Jota.

Jota has scored seven goals in the Premier League this season. Photo: Liverpool FC.

Robertson’s left wing was Liverpool’s main attack direction in the early minutes. From this defender’s cross, Mane headed over the bar. Not long after, Robertson scored a free kick for Mane to head into Alex McCarthy’s net but was disallowed for offside.

Overwhelming the opponent, but Liverpool also made individual mistakes at home. Thiago’s loss of the ball in front of the penalty area almost made Liverpool equalize if Alisson did not come out in time. The Liverpool goalkeeper also judged well the situation of Armando Broja entering the penalty area, after a throw-in to the wrong address of Trent Alexander-Arnold.

When unable to take advantage of the opponent’s loophole, Southampton were punished. Alexander-Arnold stole the ball from Romain Perraud, opening the attack for the home team. Mohamed Salah coordinated with Jordan Henderson and then stretched. Similar to the opening goal, Jota just needed to be in the right place to put the ball into the net, when the goal was wide in front.

Thiago scored to make it 3-0 for Liverpool.  Photo: PA.

Thiago scored to make it 3-0 for Liverpool. Photo: PA.

Not having time to recover, Southampton lost the third goal. Thiago rushed into the forbidden area. He made a fake move to eliminate the away defender and then finished. The Spaniard was lucky because his kick hit Lyanco and changed direction, causing McCarthy to give up. This is only Thiago’s second goal this season. But he has scored twice in a row after scoring against Porto in the Champions League in midweek.

Both Southampton and Liverpool had chances to score in the first half. The visitors cut into Robertson’s left wing, creating space for Adam Armstrong to finish but could not beat Alisson. On the Liverpool side, Salah’s poor pass missed a three-on-one counter-attack.

The match was arranged at the beginning of the second half. From Alexander-Arnold’s corner, Virgil van Dijk volleys one-touch, sending the ball past McCarthy’s fingers. This goal pass helped Alexander-Arnold reach 40 assists in the Premier League at the age of 23 years, 10 days. Only Wayne Rooney (22 years, 200 days) and Cesc Fabregas (21 years, 188 days) reached this milestone earlier.

Van Dijk scored his first Liverpool goal since the 4-3 win over Leeds on December 9, 2020.  Photo: AFP.

Van Dijk scored his first Liverpool goal since the 4-3 win over Leeds on December 9, 2020. Photo: AFP.

Southampton worked hard to attack in the remaining minutes but the finish was not good, making Ralph Hasenhuttl’s army unable to score. Armstrong faced Alisson after Nathan Tella’s cross but shot Ibrahima Konate in the body. A few minutes later, it was still Armstrong with an empty ball in the penalty area but was caught by Van Dijk. On the other side, Jota missed a chance to score a hat-trick.

With this victory, Liverpool overcame Man City to move up to second in the table, one point behind Chelsea. In the middle of next week, Klopp’s teachers and students will be guests of rival Everton before marching to Wolves.

Squad

Liverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Konate, van Dijk, Robertson, Henderson (Milner 67′), Fabinho, Thiago (Oxlade-Chamberlain 59′), Salah, Jota (Minamino 81′), Mane.

Southampton: McCarthy, Bednarek (Redmond 46′), Lyanco, Salisu, Livramento, Ward-Prowse, Romeu, Perraud (Walker-Peters 88′), Broja, Adams (Tella 46′), Adam Armstrong.

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