Salah scores again, Liverpool wins 2-0 at Southampton in EPL

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah scores against Southampton during the English Premier League soccer match at St Mary's Stadium, Southampton, England, Sunday Feb. 11, 2018. (John Walton/PA via AP)

Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino set each other up for goals in Liverpool's 2-0 win at Southampton in the Premier League as Virgil van Dijk made a triumphant return at St. Mary's stadium

SOUTHAMPTON, England — Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino set each other up for goals in Liverpool's 2-0 win at Southampton in the Premier League as Virgil van Dijk made a triumphant return at St. Mary's stadium on Sunday.

On an afternoon when Van Dijk shrugged off the jeers of his former club's home fans in an assured display in defense, Salah and Firmino excelled at the other end of the pitch to push Liverpool into third place and within two points of second-placed Manchester United.

Firmino slotted home a pass from Salah to give Liverpool a sixth-minute lead and the pair combined again to make it 2-0 in the 42nd, this time Salah running onto his teammate's flick to score with an emphatic finish.

With 22 goals in his first season for Liverpool, Salah is only one behind Harry Kane in the race to become top scorer in the Premier League with 11 games left.

Van Dijk was booed on his every touch on his first return to St. Mary's following his $100 million move to Liverpool in late December. The Dutchman predicted he would be a target of Southampton fans and was seen laughing to himself after hearing the first round of jeers.

He seemed to thrive in the atmosphere, putting in arguably his best display since his world-record transfer for a defender by regularly making interceptions, passing with assurance and being dominant in the air. Van Dijk left with his first clean sheet since joining Liverpool.

Salah cost about half of Van Dijk's fee and continues to make a mockery of it.

He set up Firmino's goal after capitalizing on Southampton center back Wesley Hoedt's miskick, running through and flicking a pass inside. Firmino met it with a first time shot with his left foot that found the bottom corner.

Firmino returned the favor with an even defter pass at the edge of the area that pierced the Southampton defense. Salah didn't need an extra touch, either, before curling a finish into the corner from a central position.

Salah and Firmino both squandered chances to double their personal tallies in the second half as Southampton took risks and left gaps at the back.

Van Dijk was one of four former Southampton players to play for Liverpool on Sunday, along with Sadio Mane and second-half substitutes Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren. Another ex-Saint — Nathaniel Clyne — is out injured.

Related News

Les Bleus to Red Devils: Henry named assistant...

Aug 26, 2016

Former France striker Thierry Henry has been appointed as an assistant to new Belgium coach Roberto...

Meunier leads Belgium in 9-0 masterclass over...

Aug 31, 2017

Thomas Meunier orchestrated a showtime Belgium performance against the part-timers from Gibraltar...

At 3rd big tourney in a row, Belgium should start...

Sep 4, 2017

Belgium is going to a major tournament for the third straight time and it should start to live up...

Celtic easily beats Anderlecht 3-0 in Champions...

Sep 27, 2017

Celtic took a big step toward at least a spot in the Europa League when it beat Anderlecht 2-0 away...

Lukaku gives Belgium 1-0 win over Japan in...

Nov 14, 2017

Romelu Lukaku turned into Belgium's savior again and became the nation's all-time top scorer as he...

Tolisso leads Bayern over Anderlecht 2-1 in Group...

Nov 22, 2017

Corentin Tolisso set up one goal and scored another to give Bayern Munich a 2-1 win over Anderlecht...

You may also like these

Tolisso leads Bayern over Anderlecht 2-1 in Group...

Nov 22, 2017

Corentin Tolisso set up one goal and scored another to give Bayern Munich a 2-1 win over Anderlecht...

Bolivia opens 'Evo museum' dedicated to...

Feb 3, 2017

School notebooks, a boy's sandals and T-shirts given to him by famous soccer players are among the...

Neid and Sundhage are longtime contemporaries and...

Aug 18, 2016

Back when the first women's Olympic soccer tournament was held in 1996 at the Atlanta Games, they...

Brazil wins gold in soccer; US grabs more track...

Aug 21, 2016

Brazil won the medal it wanted the most Saturday, claiming its first Olympic gold in soccer and...

After 1,192 days, Brazil mega-event run ends at...

Sep 19, 2016

After 1,192 days, Brazil's run of mega-sports events came to an end Sunday at the Paralympic Games

Sign up now!