Liverpool cruise to win at Southampton to return to third place

Liverpool Virgil van Dijk Southampton

Firmino and Salah would combine again just before the break courtesy of a slick one-two, with the Brazilian's back-heeled return pass sublime.

As mentioned, Van Dijk will play his first game for Liverpool against the side that he left just over a month ago for a world-record £75 million.

"We scored early, got the second goal in the right moment and then controlled the game".

"That's how an away game should be".

However, defending wasn't brilliant, especially from balls into the box and so the likes of Hoedt and Stephens will need to watch out for this as Liverpool could really damage us with the likes of Mane, Firmino and Salah.

Southampton, meanwhile, headed into today's clash on an impressive 6-match unbeaten streak across all competitions, with the Saints' last outing culminating in a thrilling 3-2 victory over West Brom at the Hawthorns.

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Despite naming a full-strength team, Klopp will also be keeping one eye out for Liverpool's Champions League first-leg knockout tie away to Porto on Wednesday.

"We did what we wanted to do and knew the strength of Southampton".

Van Dijk epitomised exactly what Southampton now lack at the back and what Liverpool were looking for when signing him in order to strengthen a previously very weak and fragile area.

And Liverpool showed why the sides are battling at different ends of the table with a stunning move to double their lead three minutes before half-time. "I think we deserved the three points, [we got a] clean sheet, no injuries - [it was] almost ideal".

Van Dijk actually missed the win over City and made his league debut against Swansea, but things didn't go according to plan.

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