Belfast Telegraph

World Cup 2018

Fixtures & Results

France FRA 2

Australia AUS 1

REPORT

Argentina ARG 1

Iceland ISL 1

REPORT

Peru PER 0

Denmark DNK 1

REPORT

Croatia CRO 2

Nigeria NGA 0

REPORT

Costa Rica CRI 0

Serbia SRB 1

REPORT

Germany GER 0

Mexico MEX 1

REPORT

Brazil BRA 1

Switzerland SUI 1

REPORT

Sweden SWE

South Korea KOR

Belgium BEL

Panama PAN

Tunisia TUN

England ENG

Colombia COL

Japan JPN

Poland POL

Senegal SEN

Russia RUS

Egypt EGY

Portugal POR

Morocco MAR

Uruguay URY

Saudi Arabia SAU

Iran IRN

Spain ESP

Denmark DNK

Australia AUS

France FRA

Peru PER

Argentina ARG

Croatia CRO

Brazil BRA

Costa Rica CRI

Nigeria NGA

Iceland ISL

Serbia SRB

Switzerland SUI

Belgium BEL

Tunisia TUN

South Korea KOR

Mexico MEX

Germany GER

Sweden SWE

England ENG

Panama PAN

Japan JPN

Senegal SEN

Poland POL

Colombia COL

Saudi Arabia SAU

Egypt EGY

Uruguay URY

Russia RUS

Spain ESP

Morocco MAR

Iran IRN

Portugal POR

Denmark DNK

France FRA

Australia AUS

Peru PER

Iceland ISL

Croatia CRO

Nigeria NGA

Argentina ARG

Mexico MEX

Sweden SWE

South Korea KOR

Germany GER

Switzerland SUI

Costa Rica CRI

Serbia SRB

Brazil BRA

Senegal SEN

Colombia COL

Japan JPN

Poland POL

Panama PAN

Tunisia TUN

England ENG

Belgium BEL

Klopp pleased with 'all-round good performance' as Liverpool down Southampton

Jurgen Klopp hailed Liverpool's improvement after they eased to a 3-0 victory over Southampton at Anfield.

Mohamed Salah was the star of the show with two more goals and now tops the Premier League's scoring charts while Philippe Coutinho added the third.

Anfield was a jittery place after a run of one win in six Premier League games but, three straight victories later, the mood has noticeably shifted.

Liverpool look a lot more solid at the back while the front quartet of Salah, Coutinho, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino proved far too good for Southampton.

The result saw Liverpool close to within one point of fourth-placed Tottenham, and Klopp was a very satisfied man.

He said: "Southampton are a really good football team. We had these moments not too often so far this season. You need these goals and thank God in a moment we score them. That makes all the difference.

"I'm really happy about the defending, the whole team and especially the last line was really strong. It was just an all-round good performance and a really deserved win, and for us of course very important.

"It pushed the top of the table a little bit together. We are still in, that's good. (Manchester) City is obviously flying around pretty alone. We cannot change that but we can make pressure on all the others and that's what we did today.

"We have to build on our experiences that we made so far in the season. We played all kinds of teams, all kinds of styles. There was only one game that was really bad, and that was Tottenham.

"We used these experiences. We have a much better protection, I hope we can keep that, it's a big part of not getting nervous in a game. It looked much more mature and that's very important for us."

Salah has scored 15 goals in 20 appearances in all competitions following a £34million move from Roma in the summer, including eight in his last six games.

His first goal was a sublime curling finish while his second saw him time his run perfectly through the Southampton defence to get on the end of Coutinho's delightful pass.

"He's in a good moment," said Klopp. "It's good for us. The first one, that's not a real chance, fantastic goal; second goal, fantastic play, outstanding for the pass.

"I'm pretty sure Phil played a few more of these passes already in his life but when somebody gets it in the box and is not offside, that's quite rare."

While it was all smiles for Liverpool, Southampton offered little as a attacking threat and have now won just once in seven games.

Boss Mauricio Pellegrino said: " I think we started well, the first half an hour. But we made a couple of mistakes that against this type of team you cannot.

"After the second goal, it was really difficult for us to come back into the game. We know that we are in a difficult moment and now we have to react because in the Premier League every single team is really difficult."

Daily News Headlines Newsletter

Today's news headlines, directly to your inbox.

Popular

From Belfast Telegraph