Adam Lallana On Bench - Liverpool Team vs Southampton Confirmed

Sheri Evans
February 12, 2018

Firmino returned the favour from the first goal with an audacious backheel into Salah's path and he slotted the ball into the bottom corner for his 22nd league goal of the campaign to close back to within one of Harry Kane in the golden boot race.

Expect the Reds to score goals as Southampton have conceded 38 so far, seven more than Jurgen Klopp's side, who don't have a watertight defence themselves.

"[It was] not brilliant, but [they were] ready for hard work", he told reporters.

"In footballing moments we would've loved to do it [play] a bit better".

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

Salah's role in the two goals should not be underestimated but Firmino's brilliance was timely given Liverpool legend John Aldridge's quotes earlier in the week.

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

"If we were playing against towering defenders like Tony Adams and Jaap Stam and you were taking a set piece, you'd say "keep it away from him" or take the man away".

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JANUARY 27: Virgil van Dijk of Liverpool reacts during The Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round match between Liverpool and West Bromwich Albion at Anfield on January 27, 2018 in Liverpool, England.

Goals from Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah gave the Reds victory and meant the Saints ended the day in the Premier League relegation zone.

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. "But I think we deserved the three points, clean sheets and no injuries, it was flawless".

So how do both sides line up for this potentially feisty encounter?

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