Liverpool moves up to second place on the table after beating Southampton 

Liverpool beat Southampton 4-0 to move into second place in the Premier League, one point behind leaders Chelsea. Diogo Jota scored both goals. 

Southampton came to Anfield with the intention of attacking the Reds, but they were punished after less than two minutes as Andrew Robertson was allowed to break down the flank and cross for Jota to poke in.

Liverpool continued to assault, with Sadio Mane heading wide before having a score disallowed for a minor offside.

After brilliant link-up play between Egypt international Mohamed Salah and Jordan Henderson, the unmarked Jota tapped in from Salah’s square pass shortly after the half-hour mark.

Since Jurgen Klopp took over at Anfield, Liverpool have scored 700 goals in all competitions, making them the first top-flight team in England to do it since Sunderland in 1927.

The Reds were not finished yet, and a third goal came just a few minutes later when the visitors failed to clear their lines effectively, and Thiago Alcantara punished them with his second goal in as many games.

Virgil van Dijk scored from a corner shortly after the half-time break, putting Liverpool up 4-0.

Midway through the second half, Jota came close to completing his hat-trick but stabbed wide as Southampton maintained the score at four goals when it could have been much worse.

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