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Summary

  1. Firmino and Salah score in first half to give Reds victory
  2. Newcastle win leaves them 13th & Man Utd 16 points behind Man City
  3. Mounie with a goal & two assists as Huddersfield hammer Bournemouth

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By Gary Rose

All times stated are UK

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Right, time to wrap things up for the day.

Cheers for popping by. See you later!

'It was a mature performance'

Southampton 0-2 Liverpool

Liverpool

Final few words from Jurgen Klopp:

On Salah & Firmino: I don’t want to forget Sadio because he was involved in everything, Mo is very good, really greedy.Roberto Firmino not bothered too much. Mo had assist and a goal, both of them did and it was deserved. Important players like that make a difference.

Second half Wijnaldum was spot on, Emre Can is a good character. All good characters.

On the top four race: We don’t have a normal weekend any more. We want to finish top four, need points for sure. Wenger said after Tottenham it was not only derby defeat but more. Nine points not enough from Arsenal. Tottenham are strong, United strong, Chelsea strong, City champions. So we need to continue like this.

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Bob: I am a City fan, and no doubt biased, but KDB is consistently doing things I never thought I'd see every week (ahead of having someone like Messi at the club). Not bothered if he wins POTY, I'm just enjoying!

Tunde: Mo Salah is really good - the most beastly thing about him is that you cant stop from creating chances for team mates if you succeed in stopping from scoring. He edges Kane and Aguero on that note.

'We need to keep looking forward'

Southampton 0-2 Liverpool

Liverpool

Liverpool winger Mohamed Salah speaking to MOTD:

On the win: Important for us to get a good start. When you score 10, 15 minutes in, it makes the game easier, less pressure. I’m happy about the start, but we have to keep looking forward.

On scoring so many goals: I said in beginning, I always try to help the team. When you score of course you help the team. So I’m not surprised, but we need to forget about the past and keep looking forward. We have more league games and the Champions League.

'Everything can change in a couple of weeks'

Southampton 0-2 Liverpool

Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino:

"It was a really difficult to concede so early. I think we dominated the first half, created a clear chance and obviously after the second goal the team was a little down in confidence and self-belief and we couldn't react in second half.

"It was too much for us [the two goals] we needed to score one goal to be in the game until the end.

"Obviously the second half was really bad. The anxiety in my players was really high. We understand the emotions of the fans but we are in one situation but ok we have to keep going."

"The second half didn't show our reaction from January."

On staying up:

"I'm convinced. It will be long until the end, we need to recover our mentality and in football everything can change in one or two weeks."

'We did the job'

Southampton 0-2 Liverpool

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, speaking to MOTD: "It was not a brilliant performance, not everything worked quite well, the wind was quite strange. It was difficult circumstances and we did the job. That is very important.

"We scored early, got the seocnd goal in the right moment and then controlled the game.

"We don't have normal weekends anymore. We want to finish the season top four and we need the points. I don't think nine points from Arsenal is enough to have rest but it is nine points. There is a lot to go for and we will try to carry on like today."

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Kolo: First LFC cleansheet for Virgil van Dijk!

Steven: As a Liverpool fan, that game was a much-needed snoozefest!

Dennis: A well controlled & mature performance from Liverpool. Now that is how you close out a game!

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'I enjoyed it'

Southampton 0-2 Liverpool

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk on getting booed on his Southampton return: "You just enjoy it. It's the only thing I think you can do. I think it is a bit unfair because no-one really knows what happened over the summer and the last few months but I just kept my head down and enjoyed it.

"I think we should have scored more. We deserved the win but we should have made it a bit easier for ourselves."

Does it hurt to see Southampton struggling? "Definitely. I have a lot of good friends here, I care for the club. It is difficult to get out of the relegation zone but they have quality players."

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Rob: We sell the talent we pay the price manager not good enough clearly out of depth.

Tom: This is what happens when smaller clubs are preyed on my the top six.

Clem: People seem to have a misconception about Southampton. All the players they have sold, they have tried to keep. Players have forced they way out the club like refusing to play ie Lallana, Lovren, Virgil. Not exactly selling out soul!

Southampton 0-2 Liverpool

'Southampton are in trouble'

Southampton 0-2 Liverpool

Mark Schwarzer

Ex-Chelsea keeper on BBC Radio 5 Live

Southampton are in trouble when you look at the performance today, the lack of direction, the flatness in second half. Yes they had chances but overall it's been really really poor. It was a nervy start full of mistakes and they find themselves in the position they're in because they haven't been good enough this season.

A tough run

Southampton 0-2 Liverpool

Southampton next six games:

Burnley (a)

Stoke (h)

Newcastle (a)

Swansea (a)

West Ham (a)

Arsenal (a)

Not pleasant.

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Jon: Player of the year all day is Salah and that's from a Man U fan. You have to remember he's beating players who have already been playing in the premier League and are used to it.

Anon:Absolutely dumbfounded people mentioning Kane, Salah and anyone else in same vain as Kevin De Bruyne, still fighting for 4 Cups, 16 pts clear in league and major force in team. Really people wake up.

James: Got to be Salah. Does everything, assists, goals, scaring defenders.

'Terrible to be in this predicament'

Southampton 0-2 Liverpool

Mark Schwarzer

Ex-Chelsea keeper on BBC Radio 5 Live

It's terrible as a player when you're in this predicament, like the Southampton players and it just can't get any worse for you. You just want the game to be over so you can lick your wounds, go away and come in training to get ready for the next game.

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Neil: Southampton dither on the pitch, in the dugout & in the boardroom.

Samuel: Well there goes the Premier League status. Cant see us staying up. The irony being Southampton have literally sold their souls to be in a relegation battle.

FULL-TIME

Southampton 0-2 Liverpool

As easy a win as you'll ever see for Liverpool.

Southampton in real relegation trouble.

Jurgen Klopp Virgil Van Dijk
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Southampton 0-2 Liverpool

Southampton fans streaming towards the exits as the game enters the 90th minute, who can blame them? A miserable Sunday afternoon at St Mary's for the home support.

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Ash: I know Southampton have been poor and are having a very poor season but their support is just so silent for so much of the game. All the noise has come from the Liverpool supporters.

Andrew: Liverpool couldn't have hoped for a less energy sapping match to play before the champions league on Wednesday, it's been too easy.

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'A training game for Liverpool'

Southampton 0-2 Liverpool

Mark Schwarzer

Ex-Chelsea keeper on BBC Radio 5 Live

It's just a training game for Liverpool at the minute isn't it. Southampton are resigned to losing the game and Liverpool are continually taking control.

SUBSTITUTION

Southampton 0-2 Liverpool

A few boos from the home fans as on comes Dejan Lovren - another former Saint - replacing Mohamed Salah.

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Martin: Southampton are the definition of a team who have lost their personality. Liverpool are a team who ooze personality everywhere on the pitch - disgruntled Man U fan.

Anon: Why are Saints relegated in so many people's eyes. 6 points separate us from 10th place, we are playing a club who've lost only three games.

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Southampton 0-2 Liverpool

Southampton players are barely making an attempt to close down the Liverpool player in possession as the visitors comfortably knock the ball around the pitch.

'Very little pressure on Lallana'

Southampton 0-2 Liverpool

Mark Schwarzer

Ex-Chelsea keeper on BBC Radio 5 Live

Again for Liverpool that was a simple one two. It wasn't that [Adam Lallana] he wasn't being tracked. He was. It was just that there was very little pressure put on Lallana.

Southampton have very rarely strayed into Liverpool's half. When you are in this situation you have to make your own luck.

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Haymond: Sadio Mané’s search for a goal is impacting the team overall. He’s been very selfish with some passages of play today.

Johnny: So why is Mane apparently seen as indispensable by Klopp? He’s greedy, short-sighted and far too rash. He’s not good enough. Great last season, one of our worst players this year. No idea what’s happened to him but he doesn’t deserve to be anywhere near the first XI

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CLOSE!

Southampton 0-2 Liverpool

Adam Lallana almost rubs salt in the wound as a flowing Liverpool attack ends with the former Southampton midfielder bending a shot just wide of the far post.

Southampton 0-2 Liverpool

Southampton fans have largely given up trying to boo Virgil van Dijk now, frustrations perhaps switching to their Premier League predicament. A defeat today will leave them two points adrift with some tricky away games against relegation rivals coming up.

'Lallana or Van Dijk'

Southampton 0-2 Liverpool

Mark Schwarzer

Ex-Chelsea keeper on BBC Radio 5 Live

Now it's going to be a little more confusing. Is it going to be Adam Lallana or Virgil van Dijk that the Southampton fans boo most when they get the ball?

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Kev: Kevin De Bruyne has helped City to a 16 point lead. He is the best player in the premier league and any other result would be a travesty.

Sana: Player of the year: Aguero every day of the year. He hasn't got it yet, even though he deserves it.

Craig: Sterling?..... Seriously?

SUBSTITUTION

Southampton 0-2 Liverpool

Final change for Southampton as Steven Davis comes on for Oriol Romeu.

Thankless task, coming on in this game for Southampton. They look a well beaten side.

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We need to replace the manager now to get that new manager boing effect. Marco Silva please.

Eddie - frustrated Saints fan.

'Players are starting to hide'

Southampton 0-2 Liverpool

Mark Schwarzer

Ex-Chelsea keeper on BBC Radio 5 Live

This is the toughest part for Southampton when you sort out the men from the boys. The men step-up and take the ball. You need players to step-up and demand the ball. Players are starting to hide and you can't afford to have that at this stage.

Players just don't have the confidence or self-belief to grab hold of the ball. They just don't have the runners and very few players are making themselves available.

Mohammed Salah Wesley Hoedt
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SUBSTITUTION

Southampton 0-2 Liverpool

Another former Southampton player enters the fray as Adam Lallana replaces Roberto Firmino for the final 10 minutes.

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Howe Pundit: Tell me why Southampton sacked their manager from last season again? At least they weren't conceding like a basket with holes! Championship beckons... Maybe that was the board's plan all along...

Ash: Biggest cheer from Southampton fans was when Salah hit side netting at 2-0. Shows how little the team has done to spur on the players.

Southampton 0-2 Liverpool

Georginio Wijnaldum lets the ball run through his legs for Sadio Mane as Liverpool come forward again, but Wijnaldum's generosity surprises Mane and he gets the ball stuck under his feet before smashing well wide.

'Southampton waiting to concede'

Southampton 0-2 Liverpool

Mark Schwarzer

Ex-Chelsea keeper on BBC Radio 5 Live

That was a good save by Alex McCarthy with his feet. Southampton looked resigned to Liverpool scoring a third. They just sat back and watched them. It was like they were waiting to concede another goal.

When you're a player you can look at this type of game as a free hit but Southampton are running out of games. They have to pick up points in every single game now.

Southampton 0-2 Liverpool

Liverpool players lining up to shoot as Sadio Mane sees an effort blocked after charging at a retreating Southampton defence before Andrew Robertson's follow up also hits a Saints player.

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Stephen: You can't keep selling your best players season after season then still expect to remain a premiership club .... Simple.

David: Can you really blame Southampton for selling players to Liverpool, when they're offering such silly money? There's not a team below the top six, say, that would refuse £75m for van Dijk.

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SUBSTITUTION

Southampton 0-2 Liverpool

Southampton need to find something soon to have a chance of pinching an unlikely point.

Mauricio Pellegrino decides to send on Shane Long, who has one goal in the last 12 months, for James Ward-Prowse for the final 20 minutes.

Southampton 0-2 Liverpool

Ooh, almost goal number 30 for the season for Mohamed Salah.

Pierre-Emile Højbjerg makes a mistake and Sadio Mane is on it a flash before he sets off towards goal. Mane waits for support, squares to Roberto Firmino, his shot is denied before Salah puts the loose ball into the sidenetting.

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Nasir: This year's vote gotta be really close for Player of the Year. Kane, Salah Kevin De Bruyne, Sterling and Aguero.

Gazza: Salah and De Bruyne have got to have secured their place in the team of the season surely.

Who gets your vote?