Liverpool signed off with a 3-1 win at dwelling to Southampton of their last Premier League match forward of the upcoming World Cup on Saturday afternoon.
Che Adams cancelled out Roberto Firmino’s opener as each side discovered the web with a pair of set piece targets within the opening ten minutes. Darwin Nunez took benefit of Southampton’s aggressive however chaotic defending to nab a first-half brace.
Subconsciously or in any other case, Liverpool eased off the throttle after the interval, scarcely threatening a 4 till a last flurry whereas relying upon the continuation of Alisson’s supreme shot-stopping type.
Firmino delivered a pointed riposte to his World Cup squad snub. Peeling away from the throng of jostling our bodies at a set piece, the Brazilian looped a header over his shoulder. The ball lazily arced in direction of the underside nook however there wasn’t sufficient time for Gavin Bazunu to lumber alongside his line, stumbling over his personal ft as Firmino gave Liverpool a sixth-minute lead.
Simply 186 seconds had elapsed earlier than Adams transformed a Southampton set piece. Wriggling away from Joe Gomez, Adams glanced James Ward-Prowse’s depraved supply past Alisson, turning into the primary Southampton participant to attain a Premier League objective at Anfield since Sadio Mane in 2015.
The person ostensibly tasked with changing Mane for Liverpool this season had the Reds again forward after 21 minutes. Liverpool tossed a flurry of crosses into the field earlier than Harvey Elliott hit the proper notice with a fragile ball tickled into Nunez’s stride. There may be a lot fury and chaos about his sport however Nunez cushioned a composed volley into the far nook.
Nathan Jones had solely been afforded one coaching session after changing Ralph Hasenhuttl however actually obtained the ‘raise in vitality’ he known as for pre-match. Nevertheless, the front-foot nature of Southampton’s show created a helter-skelter alternate as Liverpool sprinted ahead as soon as the primary wave of strain was damaged.
Bazunu was pressured into two smothering stops on both facet of Nunez’s objective however was crushed by the Uruguayan once more on the cusp of half-time.
The hosts prolonged their benefit with a brilliantly constructed workforce transfer which exploited the strengths of Liverpool’s cell entrance line (and the widening gaps in Southampton’s reconfigured rearguard). Firmino dropped off the frontline, sliding a through-ball for Andy Robertson to sure onto as Liverpool’s widest participant on the left. The Scot fizzed a low go into the field which Nunez gleefully wolfed up.
Jones shuffled his pack for the ultimate half-hour, turning away from the again three he deployed usually at Luton City for a 4-3-3. Inside moments of the alteration, Mohamed Elyounoussi – now in a extra central position – and Samuel Edozie, a part of Jones’ triple substitution, had efforts from inside Liverpool’s field snuffed out by Alisson’s sprawling body.
Alisson was pressured into one other miraculous cease within the last quarter-hour. Ainsley Maitland-Niles got here off the bench to pick Adams seven yards from objective however Alisson flung out a meaty paw to rebuff the downward header.
Brazil’s primary wouldn’t be crushed for a second time, condemning Southampton to a spot contained in the relegation zone this Christmas as Liverpool climbed, nonetheless quickly, into the lofty realms of sixth.
GK: Alisson – 7/10 – Hardly at fault for the concession of Adams’ close-range header however made a attribute burst of essential stops within the second half.
RB: Trent Alexander-Arnold – 5/10 – Lurked on the peripheries of the competition.
CB: Joe Gomez – 4/10 – Allowed Adams to sneak away from him for Southampton’s equaliser far too simply.
CB: Virgil van Dijk – 7/10 – Up in opposition to his former employers, Van Dijk was as unflappable as ever.
LB: Andy Robertson – 8/10 – Bounding up and down the left flank at will, Robertson’s passing was a probing menace from open play and useless balls.
CM: Harvey Elliott – 6/10 – Tiptoeing round midfield, Elliott not often misjudged the burden of his usually penetrative passes. Pale after the interval.
CM: Fabinho – 5/10 – Slightly lackadaisical at occasions however swept up on the base of midfield with out a lot fuss.
CM: Thiago Alcantara – 6/10 – Every part went by way of Thiago as he was determined to have as many touches of the ball – usually with the only real of his boot – as attainable.
RW: Mohamed Salah – 5/10 – Flitting out and in of the match, Salah struggled to make an enduring impression on proceedings.
ST: Roberto Firmino – 8/10 – Wreaking havoc as he floated menacingly between the strains.
LW: Darwin Nunez – 8/10 – Scarcely allowed Southampton’s beleaguered backline relaxation, driving in off the left flank.
SUB: James Milner (68′ for Elliott) – 5/10 – On his 600th Premier League look, Milner stiffened up Liverpool’s midfield.
SUB: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (75′ for Firmino) – N/A
SUB: Kostas Tsimikas (86′ for Robertson) – N/A
SUB: Nathaniel Phillips (87′ for Alexander-Arnold) – N/A
SUB: Fabio Carvalho (87′ for Nunez) – N/A
Supervisor: Jurgen Klopp – 5/10 – Watching on from the stands, the suspended Klopp had an incredible view to see his facet produce a medical first half and profit from Southampton’s lack of leading edge after the break.
GK: Gavin Bazunu – 5/10 – A show which included interventions at each ends of the standard scale.
CB: Armel Bella-Kotchap – 3/10 – Caught ball-watching as he failed to identify the fairly sizeable Nunez wandering into Southampton’s field.
CB: Duje Caleta-Automotive – 4/10 – Booked throughout the opening 5 minutes for one of many few challenges that even remotely set Liverpool’s forwards off their stride.
CB: Mohammed Salisu – 5/10 – More and more struggled to cope with Salah’s tempo because the second half wore on.
RWB: Mohamed Elyounoussi – 4/10 – Not completely dedicated to closing down Robertson, Elyounoussi was usually and clearly caught in two minds.
CM: James Ward-Prowse – 6/10 – Underlined his revered status as a set-piece knowledgeable with a wonderful first-half help.
CM: Romeo Lavia – 6/10 – Remained calm amid the thunderous flood of our bodies in midfield with a efficiency which belied his 18 years of age.
CM: Stuart Armstrong – 4/10 – Pressured to cowl a variety of floor laterally in a three-man midfield stretched throughout the pitch.
LWB: Romain Perraud – 5/10 – Continued to push ahead even when Southampton shuffled right into a back-four after the interval.
ST: Adam Armstrong – 5/10 – Enthusiastically buzzed right into a press with out a lot reward.
ST: Che Adams – 6/10 – Took his objective properly however was left to feed on scraps thereafter.
SUB: Theo Walcott (59′ for S Armstrong) – 5/10
SUB: Samuel Edozie (59′ for A Armstrong) – 5/10
SUB: Ainsley Maitland-Niles (59′ for Caleta-Automotive) – 5/10
SUB: Lyanco (73′ for Bella-Kotchap) – N/A
SUB: Joe Aribo (82′ for Lavia) – N/A
Supervisor: Nathan Jones – 5/10 – There have been inexperienced shoots amid the ocean of purple which swarmed his facet. Not afraid to vary the system mid-game however will profit from the upcoming mini-preseason to calibrate his facet’s press.