Darwin Nunez scored two goals as Liverpool secured a confident 3-1 victory over Southampton at Anfield on Saturday.
Roberto Firmino opened the scoring for Liverpool in the sixth minute, before Southampton levelled through a header from Che Adams in the ninth minute.
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Striker Nunez found the back of the net on a perfectly timed through run to connect with the ball from Harvey Elliott’s pass and added another just before half-time as Liverpool cemented their lead.
The second half lacked the frenetic nature of the first although Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson had to make two good saves to preserve his side’s two-goal cushion while Mohamed Salah spurned a great chance when he robbed possession and raced free into the area only to miscontrol the ball.
It was Southampton manager Nathan Jones first match in-charge of the club, as his side remain in the relegation zone in 19th on 12 points. Liverpool are in 6th with 22 points.
Information from Reuters contributed to this report.