And Philippe Coutinho made it a complete 3-0 victory – simply the pick out-me-up boss Jurgen Klopp wanted after a midweek spell in health facility.
The heavy defeat left Southampton boss Mauricio Pellegrino with a ill word of his personal on his go back to Merseyside, the place he performed for Liverpool and coached underneath Rafa Benitez.
And for defender Virgil van Dijk it was once a reminder of the place he’ll most definitely be within the New Year – playing the trip as an alternative of loathing each and every minute of being given the runaround.
Klopp praised Salah, announcing: “The first function, wow, and the second one was once an implausible move. Mo Salah makes nice runs. We will have scored extra however it was once a great day for us.
“It appeared extra mature. We’re nonetheless in there and that’s just right. Man City are fl ying however we can not trade that.”
Southampton will have been down and out as early because the 9th minute. Trent Alexander-Arnold was once inches clear of getting a boot to the ball and keeper Fraser Forster then led to panic with a bout of hand tennis.
Liverpool significantly threatened once more within the 22nd minute, when Sadio Mane discovered Georginio Wijnaldum and the Dutchman’s curling shot was once driven away by means of Forster.
Coutinho was once inches clear of opening the scoring with a low effort Forster stored out together with his fingertips.
But there was once no preventing Salah within the 31st minute. Dusan Tadic was once stuck in ownership, and when the ball was once labored out to Salah he curled it brilliantly into the highest nook together with his deadly left foot.
The Egyptian notched his 2nd 10 mins later. Coutinho threaded thru a excellent move with the out of doors of his boot and Salah smartly tucked the ball past Forster.
Southampton dusted themselves down and got here out combating for the second one part with extra objective and poise in entrance of function.
But the most important risk nonetheless belonged to Liverpool as Coutinho, fed by means of Salah, surged thru handiest to look his low force end the flawed side of the publish.
There was once no mistake from the Brazilian, although, when he grabbed the 3rd within the 68th minute. Mane picked out Roberto Firmino with a pleasing opposite move and Liverpool’s No9 blasted into Forster’s barrel chest.
The Saints concept they’d escaped however the ball cannoned into Coutinho’s trail and he hammered it into the ground nook.
And that was once it. Game over. All that was once left, aside from a Firmino sizzler previous the upright, was once a status ovation for Salah when he was once subbed with 10 mins left and hugged by means of the boss.
Pellegrino will hope for extra struggle from his workforce and stated: “We must react and display our highest face subsequent week. The 2nd function we had been actually disillusioned (with).
“We felt we couldn’t do to any extent further to get again into the sport and that’s being worried. In normal, Liverpool had been one tempo greater than us.”