Liverpool's predicted XI for their trip to Southampton

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It meant ex-Saints defender Virgil van Dijk enjoyed a happy return to the south coast following his £75million move to Liverpool last month.

However, Salah reduced the Tottenham striker's lead at the top of the goal-scoring charts to one goal following his precise finish on the stroke of half-time after Firmino's world-class assist.

The Liverpool No9's unique style makes him a key weapon for Jurgen Klopp and the Brazilian proved his worth once again in the first half at St Mary's.

Such has been Mohamed Salah's brilliance for Liverpool this season that it's been easy to overlook the excellent form of Roberto Firmino.

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Klopp's side could have added further gloss to the scoreline as they 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.

The Reds have now lost just one of their last 18 Premier League games, whereas Southampton equal an unwanted club record of seven successive home games without a Premier League victory. "They will want to show their quality but we have our own targets".

It will be a symphony of boos and hostile reception for the handful of ex-Saints in the Liverpool team - with van Dijk the latest to experience the treatment from Southampton fans after he left for Anfield on acrimonious terms in January.

Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino said: "Liverpool is a huge possibility for us but a really tough side". For the first, arriving after just six minutes, Salah spotted Firmino's darting run into the area. "But I think we deserved the three points, clean sheets and no injuries, it was flawless".

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