Liverpool star Mohamed Salah became the new owner of a club record, after netting his side’s crucial 2nd versus Southampton last night.
Southampton 1-3 Liverpool
The Reds travelled to St. Mary’s, in a crucial matchup in both the race for the Premier League title, and the relegation battle.
Hosts Southampton headed into proceedings on an impressive run of form, having notched 3 wins from their last 4 league outings.
As such, the Saints were aware that a victory last night would have seen them move a hefty 8 points clear of 18th-placed Cardiff in the English top-flight table.
Liverpool, meanwhile, are of course currently in the midst of a historically tightly-contested race to secure Premier League glory.
Manchester City’s 2-0 victory over Cardiff on Wednesday night saw Pep Guardiola’s men regain the upper hand in their bid to retain their title, sending the champions a point clear of Liverpool.
However, with the Citizens in FA Cup action this weekend, Jurgen Klopp’s men were aware that a 3-point haul at St. Mary’s would see them reemerge as Premier League leaders for at least the next 8 days.
Liverpool emerge victorious
And, when all was said and done last night, secure their spot back atop the English top-flight was precisely what the Merseysiders managed.
After a nervy opening to the clash for the visitors, Southampton took a surprise. albeit deserved lead with just 9 minutes on the clock, through Shane Long.
Liverpool, though, soon showcased their title credentials once more, pulling level courtesy of Naby Keita’s driven header.
And, after largely-dominating the preceding 40 minutes on the back of their first of the night, the Reds went on to bag a crucial 2nd ten minutes from time, when Mohamed Salah slotted home a pinpoint finish from the edge of the box.
Jordan Henderson then went on to put the result beyond any doubt 6 minutes later, securing a hard-fought, and potentially-integral 3 points for Liverpool.
🔝 of the table
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) April 5, 2019
Salah in the history books
Result aside, another major positive for Liverpool last night was Mohamed Salah breaking out of his slump in front of goal.
After going 8 games without finding the net, his longest run since arriving at Anfield in the summer of 2017, the Egyptian finally managed to get back on track, with his passionate subsequent celebration having spoken volumes.
In addition, in notching versus Southampton, Salah etched his name into the history books of his club.
The former Roma man is now the fastest-ever player to reach 50 Premier League goals for Liverpool, beating out Fernardo Torres’ previous record by 3 games:
💫 RECORD BREAKER 💫
⚽ Games taken to net 50 @premierleague goals for the Reds…
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) April 5, 2019