Liverpool close gap on Man United to two points with Saints win


However, it was his assist for Liverpool's second goal that was the highlight of the first half.

Gary Lineker questioned Southampton's defending for Mohamed Salah's 22nd league goal after the Liverpool FC summer signing helped the Reds to secure a comfortable 2-0 win at St Mary's.

And Klopp believes they have regularly shown they are two of the finest players in the division. "But I think we deserved the three points, clean sheets and no injuries, it was flawless".

Salah received the ball from Joel Matip around 30 yards out from goal and was allowed to turn and play a short pass into Firmino's feet.

Well John, Firmino has scored 20 goals with plenty of games still to play in the league and Europe. "They are two of them".

Newcastle's win over Manchester United earlier on Sunday afternoon had sent the Saints back into the relegation zone, and the home side struggled to muster much response to their early setback.

Pellegrino also criticised central defender Wesley Hoedt.

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The Saints boss empathised with the supporters and feels they need unity to climb out of their perilous position.

'It's really hard to ask for more support than this in this situation, ' he said.

The Brazilian superstar pulled off a piece of skill that most players would not even attempt. and the fans loved it.

"We have the same feelings right now".

"Southampton, we are together. The competition, sometimes you are in a hard situation".

Southampton responded well and exerted pressure on their visitors, with Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg forcing Karius into action from close range in the 18th minute.

Asked if there was a lack of character in his squad, Pellegrino replied: "Obviously we are not happy with that, but my players are conscious that three points will change everything every single week". Everything is really tight. 'We have to be more fearless in these types of situations.