Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah once again led the way for Liverpool as the Reds defeated Southampton 2-0 comfortably at Southampton on Sunday.
They have moved back above Tottenham Hotspur and are placed in the third place in the Premier League.
Jurgen Klopp’s men eased past Southampton mainly due to the brilliance of Firmino and Salah, who have now scored 34 of Liverpool’s 61 Premier League goals this term.
Southampton in the remainder of the first half were a better side, but visiting goalkeeper Loris Karius ensured they failed to make the most of their superiority and a glorious exchange in which Firmino repaid the favour to Salah in the 42nd minute saw Liverpool double the lead against the run of play.
Klopp’s side could have had a better scorelines had they not missed a couple more opportunities, but Southampton never looked like fighting back and Liverpool successfully capitalised on United’s 1-0 defeat at Newcastle United earlier on Sunday.
Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk who made his first return to St Mary’s Stadium since his £75million move looked rather more switched on at the back in the second half and Southampton’s chances dried up.
And with the match entering its final 15 minutes, Mane had another chance to strike from outside the box but hammered wildly over from distance.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp brought on another ex-Southampton man Adam Lallana, for Firmino, as the visitors ran down the clock with ease, as Lallana fired very wide which he should have scored, to leave the Saints in the bottom three.