An incredible photograph of the feet of Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana has garnered attention online this evening, following his side’s victory over Southampton.
The two sides went head to head at St. Mary’s, with Jurgen Klopp’s men eager to get back to winning ways after Tottenham’s late-show saw the Reds drop two points last time out.
Southampton, meanwhile, headed into today’s clash on an impressive 6-match unbeaten streak across all competitions, with the Saints’ last outing culminating in a thrilling 3-2 victory over West Brom at the Hawthorns.
Liverpool were viewed as the clear favourites heading into this evening’s matchup, with the Merseyside giants taking little time to prove exactly why following kick-off.
With just 6 minutes on the clock, a long ball forward towards Mohamed Salah saw Wesley Hoedt fluff his attempted clearance, allowing Salah to slide a perfectly-weighted ball across to the incoming Roberto Firmino on the edge of the home side’s box.
Firmino slotted his ensuing finish home with aplomb, before the Reds’ brilliant attacking duo combined once again to double Liverpool’s lead shortly before half-time.
Firmino was the creator on this occasion, though, with the former Hoffenheim star having produced what many have since referred to as the ‘assist of the season’ in setting Salah up.
After Salah played the ball into Firmino’s feet 5 yards outside Southampton’s box, the South American proceeded to slide his teammate through on goal with the most sumptuous of flicked passes with his instep, with Salah going on to finish in typically-cool style.
And this is how things stayed for the remainder of the clash, with the Saints struggling to create clear-cut goalscoring opportunities over the course of the second-half, whereas Liverpool could easily have added to their goal tally through the likes of Salah, Firmino and Sadio Mane.
While it was a relatively straightforward day at the office for Liverpool in terms of proceedings on the pitch, one aspect of today’s clash which may not have come across as quite so clear to fans was just how cold it was at St. Mary’s.
However, anyone seeking proof of just how bitter the air was in Hampshire this evening need look no further than Adam Lallana’s Instagram account.
Lallana, who was introduced as a late substitute by Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, posted the following photo online shortly after the full-time whistle, with the caption ‘any suggestions for defrosting feet’.
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Marouane Fellaini has been pictured at the ‘Move to Cure’ clinic in Antwerp as he begins his recovery from knee surgery.
The Belgian, who has been hampered by knee problems since October, came off just eight minutes into his substitute appearance against Tottenham Hotspur last week.
Jose Mourinho later confirmed that Fellaini would undergo surgery and return to action by the end of March.
And the 30-year-old, with a bandage on his knee following surgery, has been pictured with acclaimed physiotherapist Lieven Maesschaick – who has worked with AC Milan and the Belgian national team – at the ‘Move to Cure’ clinic, a rehabilitation centre favoured by the likes of Romelu Lukaku in the past.
Following the 4-0 win over Crystal Palace in late September it felt as if the only way was up for Fellaini, who had essentially made forget about the injury to Paul Pogba with a series of forceful, effective displays in the middle.
But then the footballing gods, for whatever reason, decided to smite him down. Roberto Martinez started the Belgian in a pointless friendly away to Bosnia and Herzegovina ahead of the trip to Anfield and, on a bobbly surface, the knee problems begun there and he only has one Man United start to his name since.
Perhaps Fellaini was simply playing too well that, in the interest of fairness to others, the Belgian Zidane had to be stopped.