Liverpool Move Second After Beating Southampton
Diogo Jota opened the scoring after just two minutes. The Portuguese forward was clinical in front of goal. However, it was his positioning that caused Southampton issues. Jota drifted into midfield throughout the game and at times was playing alongside Fabinho. The Southampton defence wasn’t sure when to follow him and when to leave him and this created gaps in their defence. Liverpool’s midfield capitalised on these gaps by making runs through them and having the extra man advantage in attack. After the game, Jurgen Klopp described Jota as the “perfect signing”.
Liverpool’s full-backs have always played high on the pitch. Andy Robertson was the more creative of the two full-backs today. The Scotland captain assisted Liverpool’s first goal as well as another goal which was ruled offside. Many Liverpool fans were hoping to see Kostas Tsimikas start the game over Robertson but after seeing his performance, there’s no doubt that Jurgen Klopp made the right choice.
The Saints were caught off guard by Liverpool’s early goal and never really recovered. Although looking threatening at times, they couldn’t break down Liverpool’s defence and most of the time, they even struggled to get past Fabinho.
The midfield is where Southampton lost the game. Jordan Henderson and Thiago were playing through the midfield too easily. The Saints looked as if they were chasing shadows and there was a clear lack of cohesion in the team.
What’s Next For Both Teams?
Southampton will prepare to face Leicester City next. Only a point separates the side but Leicester do have a game to play before then so they will look to extend the gap. Meanwhile, Liverpool will make the short journey to Goodison Park where they will face Everton in the Merseyside Derby.
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