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: Mignolet \(6), Alexander-
Arnold \(7), Klavan \(6), Lovren \(6),
Moreno \(7), Henderson \(7), Coutinho
\(, Wijnaldum \(7), Salah \(9), Firmino
\(7), Mane \(7)
Subs: Can \(6), Oxlade-Chamberlain \(6),
Southampton: Forster \(6), Soares \(5),
Hoedt \(6), Van Dijk \(5), Bertrand \(6),
Davis \(6), Boufal \(5), Romeu \(5),
Redmond \(6), Tadic \(4), Long \(5)
Subs: Austin \(6), Ward-Prowse \(6),
Man of the match: Mohamed Salah
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.
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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.
Jurgen Klopp made four changes,
starting Trent Alexander-Arnold ahead of Joe Gomez. Dejan Lovren came in for Joel Matip, while Philippe Coutinho
and Jordan Henderson replaced Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Emre Can.
For Southampton, Wesley Hoedt and Shane Long started in place of Maya Yoshida and Manolo Gabbiadini.
After the break, Liverpool continued to dominate, with Firmino seeing his attempt
saved before Coutinho sent an effort whistling past the post.
The Brazil international was not, to be denied however, and got himself on the scoresheet after Firmino's effort cannoned
off the chest of Forster and fell perfectly for the midfielder to latch on to.
Firmino came close once again, but Liverpool took their foot off the gas against a hapless Southampton side, who
failed to test Simon Mignolet all afternoon.