Player ratings: Southampton 1-3 Liverpool – Super subs change the game to put Liverpool back on top

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By Lewis Rooke – @LV_Rooke

How many more of them can you take? Nails bitten, cheeks puffed and wet flannel on my forehead later, Liverpool have come away with yet another tightly fought, vital three points in the race for the Premier League title. Mohamed Salah and Jordan Henderson got the game deciding goals late on, but the Reds were in serious bother as Southampton took the lead and controlled the game before Naby Keita scored the equaliser.

Here’s how they rated…

Alisson: 7 – Didn’t really have much to do to be honest.

Trent Alexander-Arnold: 5 – Didn’t have the best of times today with Redmond and Hojbjerg causing him some problems. Passing was astray too. The Scouser has had and will most certainly have better days.

Joel Matip: 6 – Stood Redmond up expertly early on in the second half, yet didn’t look comfortable dealing with Shane Long. Did alright though.

Virgil van Dijk: 7 – Potentially could have done more to prevent the opener for Southampton as the Saints caused Liverpool problem after problem in the first 20 minutes. Outside of that, typical van Dijk. Took the boos in his stride as well.

Andy Robertson: 7 – His crosses were uncharacteristically well off today, yet he was still able to get up and down that left flank like he usually does. Wasn’t outstanding, though.

Fabinho: 6 – Not his usual destructive self and the Southampton midfield got the better of the Brazilian a lot today. Still, he’ll pick himself up for the next game.

Gini Wijnaldum: 5 – Didn’t track the onrushing Hojbjerg who got the assist for the goal, and was very quiet in the midfield. Not typical of Wijnaldum this season – more needed from the Dutchman.

Naby Keita: 6 – Oh how long have we waited for that? Glad to see the Guinean finally break his long-standing duck for Liverpool. With a bit of luck, that’ll spur Keita on to bigger and better things. Outside of the goal, he was pretty quiet in the middle of the park.

Sadio Mane: 6.5 – Looked absolutely thrilled for Keita after he headed home is first ever Liverpool goal. Wasn’t as effective as he has been of late but was still a useful outlet down the left hand side.

Roberto Firmino: 6.5 – Pretty much anonymous throughout, but came into the game in the last ten minutes. Felt for him as he really couldn’t find any service.

Mohamed Salah: 7 – Pretty quiet all game but oh my did it matter? What a goal under so much pressure – to both end his drought and put the Reds to the top of the table. The quickest player to reach 50 goals for Liverpool, the Egyptian is well on the road to becoming a legend.

Substitutions

Jordan Henderson: 9 – Absolutely made up for the lad. Was brought on to bring some assurity to the midfield and that is exactly what he did, and got himself a goal to top it off. The biggest, and most erect of middle fingers to his detractors.

James Milner: 8 – Was such a threat down the right hand side and like Henderson, calmed the game down so much. Had some dangerous balls whipped in, too.

Degsy: N/A

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