Liverpool closed the gap to the top four with a much needed 2-0 win over Southampton at Anfield on Saturday evening. Sadio Mané scored in the first half while Thiago Alcântara sealed the three points in the 90th minute with his first goal for the club.
It was the perfect opportunity to reopen a pathway into the Champions League places after Newcastle United took all three points at the King Power Stadium, whilst not yet knowing the result of West Ham’s clash against Everton.
It was important to keep the pressure on the London side – who in the end – would also drop points at the vital stage of the campaign after Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s first half goal.
Back to events at Anfield, and it was Alisson Becker who scooped the man of the match award by both Sky Sports and the Liverpool FC official channels, with the former AS Roma man making crucial saves throughout the 90 minutes.
One of the Brazilian’s stand-out saves came in the first half when Nathan Tella set the ball perfectly into the path of Che Adams. He instinctively rushed out, made himself big and prevented the Scotland international from scoring the game’s opener.
Adams would once again prove a threat for the away side but this time as a creator. The Southampton forward played a pass in behind Rhys Williams – who was slow to react – to find Michael Obafemi. Luckily for the young defender, the Reds’ No.1 was quicker to react and smothered the ball before the attacker could take a touch.Embed from Getty Images
The £67m ‘keeper didn’t have a perfect game, as he provided a nervy moment in the 76th minute. His stray pass towards Robertson found the feet of the unprepared Adams, however he was able to recover quickly and prevent the forward from equalizing.
The Seleção shot stopper made six saves throughout the match, which was remarkably the most he has ever had to make in a single Premier League appearance for the club. He also managed one high claim along with one punch in his match-winning performance.
Liverpool now seem to have a clearer path into the top four. Four matches, four wins, 12 points. Jürgen Klopp has plenty of faith, believing that his side will make next season’s Champions League if they achieve perfection from now until the end of the season.
If Leicester City lose on Tuesday night against Manchester United, then fourth spot will be back in the German side’s hand.
Next up for Alisson and his teammates is the rescheduled fixture against second placed Manchester United on Thursday night.
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