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Southampton 1 Liverpool 3: Salah Six Seconds Solo Sink Saints!

Liverpool Back On Top Again As Mo Salah Sprints To Glory: Highlights. Manager Comments. Player Ratings. Stats & League Table.

By Marc Gingell 

05-04-2019 KO:20:00SouthamptonLiverpool
St. Mary’s StadiumShane Long 9′Naby Keita 36′
ATT: 31,797Mohamed Salah 80′
REF: P TierneyJordan Henderson 86′

James Ward-Prowse Corner

In the 79th minute, James Ward-Prowse fired in a Southampton corner form their right which ended up at the back post where Pierre-Emile Højbjerg hooked it back in. Southampton’s substitute Josh Sims tried to gain control but found himself bundled out of possession. As Sadio Mané tried to clear Ward-Prowse blocked him and the ball looped up to Jordan Henderson who headed forward.

Mo Salah – Six Seconds Later!

Mo Salah picked the ball up outside the centre circle in Liverpool’s half. Six seconds, and around eight touches later, he’d scored a wonder goal to put Liverpool in front.

Southampton 1 Liverpool 3: Salah Six Seconds Solo Sink Saints!
Pattaya One. Mo Salah back among the goals.

As Salah ghosted through the centre of the pitch Ryan Bertrand tried to push him to his right side. Behind Salah Nathan Redmond sprinted with all his heart and just outside Southampton’s box it seemed he might make a telling challenge. Angus Gunn, in Southampton’s goal, stepped slightly to his right opening up the left side of his goal. In that split second Salah curled a delicious shot to Gunn’s left and right in the corner.

Shirtless Celebration!

Salah celebrated his 50th Premier League Liverpool goal in fine style by whipping off his shirt and pumping out his chest. He’d gone nearly seven Premier League games without scoring and the relief around the whole Liverpool camp was clear to see and not just because of the importance of this goal in this game. Liverpool were almost back on top and their talisman leading scorer had ended his barren spell.

Southampton 1 Liverpool 3: Salah Six Seconds Solo Sink Saints!
Pattaya One: Liverpool celebrate.

Salah High Standards

Many words have been said about Salah’s dry run and the reason for that is because he’s set such high standards. But now he’s back, with a special goal, sandwiched between Naby Keita’s first Premier League goal for Liverpool and Henderson’s first for a year and a half.

Shane Long 50 PL Goals

Shane Long put Southampton in front after just nine minutes when he found himself with time and space on the edge of Liverpool’ six-yard box after Højbjerg had headed on  Bertrand’s cross. Long kept his nerve and finished well. Unfortunately for Saints Long missed a great opportunity to put Saints 2-0 up when he failed to connect with a Redmond cross after 18 minutes.

Southampton 1 Liverpool 3: Salah Six Seconds Solo Sink Saints!
Pattaya One. Shane Long fires his 50th Premier League goal.

Liverpool 82 Points

During the 1989/90 season, the last time Liverpool won the title, they did so with 79 points and they lost five games. This season they’ve only lost one and are now on 82 points. Manchester City, with their game in hand and goal difference advantage, are still favourites. But the six second-half seconds, which determined the outcome of this game, keeps the absorbing title race alive and could well help Liverpool over the line!

 

Player Ratings

Southampton: Gunn (6), Valery (6), Bednarek (6), Yoshida (5), Vestergaard (6), Bertrand (6), Romeu (6), Ward-Prowse (6), Hojbjerg (7), Redmond (5), Long (6).

Subs: Sims (5), Armstrong (NA), Austin (NA)

Liverpool: Alisson (6), Alexander-Arnold (6), Matip (8), Van Dijk (6), Robertson (6), Fabinho (6), Keita (7), Wijnaldum (5), Mane (7), Firmino (7), Salah (8)

Subs: Henderson (8), Milner (7), Lovren (NA)

Man of the match: Mo Salah

Opta Stats

  • Southampton have only managed to win one of their six Premier League games played on a Friday, suffering defeat in three of their last four such games (P6 W1 D2 L3).
  • Southampton have now lost 23 points from leading positions in the Premier League this season, more than any other side in 2018-19.
  • Liverpool have won seven of their last eight Premier League games when conceding the opening goal (L1), including tasting victory on each of the last five instances.
  • Following their come-from-behind victory, Liverpool have now won 16 points from losing positions in the Premier League, the most of any side this season.
  • Liverpool became the seventh club in English top-flight history to concede 5000 goals after Everton, Manchester City, Aston Villa, Newcastle, Sunderland and Arsenal.
#TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool33257175205582
2Manchester City32262483216280
3Tottenham Hotspur322111060342664
4Arsenal31196665392663
5Chelsea32196755342163
6Manchester United32187761431861
7Wolverhampton Wanderers32138114039147
8Watford32137124747046
9Leicester City32135144243-144
10Everton32127134542343
11West Ham United32126144148-742
12Bournemouth32115164358-1538
13Crystal Palace32106163843-536
14Newcastle United3298153142-1135
15Brighton and Hove Albion3196163246-1433
16Southampton3289153653-1733
17Burnley3296173759-2233
18Cardiff City3284202861-3328
19Fulham (R)3345243076-4617
20Huddersfield Town (R)3235241859-4114

 

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