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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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Emre Can didn’t get the most flattering review in the Southampton match programme ahead of Liverpool’s game against the club they love buying players from so much – but he managed to make them rather red in the face, with the club describing him as quite hit and miss.
The player, who is suspended for the first leg of Liverpool’s Champions League tie against Porto on Wednesday, put in a good shift, and while the headlines will go to Salah and Roberto Firmino, fans will certainly be hoping Can stays and decides not to move to Juventus on a free come the summer.
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One player who did brilliantly today was Roberto Firmino, who once again showed just how good he can be for Liverpool, and just how underrated he is when people talk about the likes of Harry Kane and Sergio Aguero.
Klopp was thrilled with his entire side after the game, and noted that they did well both going forward and also at the back, with the return for Virgil van Dijk turning out very well – and Lloris Karius showing Liverpool fans and Klopp how well he can do, and justifying the faith shown in him by his manager.
“It was mature,” Klopp told Sky Sports. “What we wanted to do, we knew about Southampton’s strengths and where they want to play football, and so we wanted to defend there, and we could have done it a little bit better.
“The rhythm was not too good, it was either really fast or really slow, not normal football passing speed.
“But we scored two wonderful goals, and could have scored more in the second half, we had some big chances.
“Southampton did well, that’s their style of play and that’s how they want to sort their problems. We deserved the three points, got a clean sheet and no injuries – nearly perfect.”
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