Liverpool's predicted XI for their trip to Southampton

Posted February 12, 2018

First-half goals from Roberto Firmino - his 20th of the campaign - and the irrepressible Mohamed Salah secured maximum points for the visitors, who have now scored more away goals this term than during the entirety of last season.

Returning centre-half Virgil van Dijk tasted victory in the league for the first time since his £75m move to Merseyside from Southampton in January as Klopp chalked up his 50th win as Reds boss.

The two team-mates displayed their telepathic understanding as Firmino, with his back to goal, flicked the ball into Salah's path in defence-splitting one-two.

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Liverpool have climbed back into third in the Premier League table on Sunday evening.

It put pressure on Manchester United, who suffered a shock 1-0 defeat at Newcastle at St James' Park, Liverpool are just two points off Jose Mourinho's side.

Fellow former Saint Dejan Lovren switches to the bench in one of three changes from Jurgen Klopp.

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Nonetheless, Matip is looking forward to improving his game alongside the Dutch defender, and help the team to secure the Champions League promotion.

Southampton versus Liverpool games are like a derby nowadays so the fans and players should be well up for this one.

He said: "Southampton's win at West Brom last weekend was big for them because they had waited so long for a Premier League win - 12 games and 10 weeks to be exact - and this game is a hard one to call".

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The Saints have plenty of players enjoying good runs of form and hopefully we can see Guido Carrillo snatch his first goal for the side! Liverpool have failed to score in four successive matches against Southampton, including both legs of the 2016-17 League Cup semi-final.