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Southampton 1-3 Liverpool: Reds return to the top of Premier League table

Shane Long scores

Mohamed Salah scored a terrific solo goal as Liverpool came from behind to beat Southampton at St Mary's and return to the top of the Premier League table.

With ten minutes remaining, Liverpool looked set to squander the opportunity to return to the top, before Salah clinically ended his run of six league games without a goal.

As the Southampton defenders backed off, the Egyptian ran half the length of the pitch before firing past Angus Gunn with his left foot.

Liverpool substitute Jordan Henderson sealed victory late on with a close-range finish.

Shane Long had handed Saints an early lead with a composed finish from close range but Naby Keita headed the visitors level with his first goal for the club before the break.

The result sees Liverpool leapfrog Manchester City and open up a two-point gap at the top, although the defending champions have a game in hand with six matches left to play.

Southampton remain in 16th place, just five points above the relegation zone.

More to follow.

Line-ups

Southampton

  • 28Gunn
  • 35BednarekBooked at 48mins
  • 3Yoshida
  • 4VestergaardSubstituted forAustinat 83'minutes
  • 43Valery
  • 14RomeuSubstituted forArmstrongat 83'minutes
  • 23Højbjerg
  • 21BertrandBooked at 75mins
  • 16Ward-Prowse
  • 22Redmond
  • 7LongSubstituted forSimsat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1McCarthy
  • 5Stephens
  • 10Austin
  • 15Gallagher
  • 17Armstrong
  • 33Targett
  • 39Sims

Liverpool

  • 13Alisson
  • 66Alexander-ArnoldSubstituted forHendersonat 59'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 32Matip
  • 4van Dijk
  • 26RobertsonBooked at 89mins
  • 5WijnaldumSubstituted forMilnerat 59'minutes
  • 3Fabinho
  • 8KeitaSubstituted forLovrenat 88'minutes
  • 11SalahBooked at 81mins
  • 9Roberto Firmino
  • 10ManéBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 6Lovren
  • 7Milner
  • 14Henderson
  • 18Moreno
  • 22Mignolet
  • 23Shaqiri
  • 27Origi
Referee:
Paul Tierney
Attendance:
31,797

Match Stats

Home TeamSouthamptonAway TeamLiverpool
Possession
Home33%
Away67%
Shots
Home11
Away17
Shots on Target
Home1
Away5
Corners
Home7
Away5
Fouls
Home8
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Southampton 1, Liverpool 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Southampton 1, Liverpool 3.

Booking

Sadio Mané (Liverpool) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Fabinho (Liverpool).

Josh Sims (Southampton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Jordan Henderson (Liverpool).

Ryan Bertrand (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right following a set piece situation.

Booking

Andrew Robertson (Liverpool) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Andrew Robertson (Liverpool).

Josh Sims (Southampton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Liverpool. Dejan Lovren replaces Naby Keita.

Goal!

Goal! Southampton 1, Liverpool 3. Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Roberto Firmino.

Foul by Fabinho (Liverpool).

Charlie Austin (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Joel Matip (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Charlie Austin (Southampton).

Foul by Mohamed Salah (Liverpool).

Maya Yoshida (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Southampton. Stuart Armstrong replaces Oriol Romeu.

Substitution

Substitution, Southampton. Charlie Austin replaces Jannik Vestergaard.

Booking

Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

Goal!

Goal! Southampton 1, Liverpool 2. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jordan Henderson with a headed pass following a fast break.

Attempt blocked. James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Jan Bednarek (Southampton) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by James Ward-Prowse with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Roberto Firmino.

Attempt blocked. Maya Yoshida (Southampton) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by James Ward-Prowse with a cross.

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Joel Matip.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Jan Bednarek (Southampton) because of an injury.

Foul by Joel Matip (Liverpool).

Ryan Bertrand (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Yan Valery.

Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by James Ward-Prowse (Southampton).

Booking

Ryan Bertrand (Southampton) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt missed. Sadio Mané (Liverpool) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by James Milner with a cross.

Offside, Liverpool. James Milner tries a through ball, but Roberto Firmino is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

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