Mohamed Salah and Philippe Coutinho steer Reds past Saints


Liverpool turned on the style against Southampton as Mohamed Salah and Philippe Coutinho steered the hosts to a 3-0 win at Anfield.

Salah broke the deadlock with a delightful curled effort (31) before latching onto Coutinho’s majestic assist to score his second 10 minutes later, which sees the Egypt international top the Premier League goalscoring charts with nine.

Coutinho got the goal his performance deserved after the break, pouncing on the rebound to seal a comfortable victory for the hosts.

The result sees Liverpool maintain their unbeaten start to the season at home, while the Saints slip further down the table, having won just one of their last seven games.

Liverpool were slow out the blocks at Anfield, but got going midway through the first half, with Georginio Wijnaldum and Coutinho both testing Fraser Forster.

The hosts then went ahead after Tadic was dispossessed on the edge of his own area by Roberto Firmino, with Wijnaldum going on to find Salah, who curled an effort beyond the helpless Forster.

Salah’s ninth league goal of the season – which saw him eclipse Robbie Fowler’s record of eight in his first 12 Premier League games for the club – came 10 minutes later, as he beat the offside trap to slot the ball past Forster following Coutinho’s incisive pass with the outside of his foot.

Man of the match – Mohamed Salah

Liverpool failed to score against Southampton in four games last season, twice in the Premier League, and on another two occasions in the League Cup. However, the Reds did not have Salah at their disposal.

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