Jurgen Klopp hails ‘world class’ Mohamed Salah goal as Liverpool go top

Jurgen Klopp hails ‘world class’ Mohamed Salah goal as Liverpool go top

Salah ended his 572-minute goal drought in the Premier League and finally got his 50th Premier League goal with a superb individual effort.

And fans gleefully welcomed back their hero at a crucial time for the club's season.

A return of 50 goals in 69 games means he is third on the all-time list, behind only the league's overall top scorer Alan Shearer (who spent his Premier League career with Blackburn and Newcastle) and Ruud van Nistlerooy (Manchester United).

Salah latched onto Henderson's headed pass and ran from inside his own half before curling in his first goal in nine games from just outside the box.

Keita looked like he was about to burst into tears, his first Liverpool goal was a moment to treasure for the ex-Leipzig player. "That's the most important thing".

"I think as a striker you need to score".

Van Dijk sprayed the ball to Roberto Firmino and his low centre was flawless for onrushing England midfielder Henderson to tap home.

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Give or take an early chance for Sadio Mane, Southampton started with a real goal and Long could have bagged himself a second after Trent Alexander-Arnold conceded possession.

"It was brilliant, I told the boys we have a good mentality among us", said Klopp.

"We know every game is massive for us, we know we have to win every game".

The visitors began to dominate proceedings in the second half and eventually broke through in the 80th minute when Salah scored to end a goal drought that had lasted nearly eight weeks.

Southampton, not yet sure of avoiding relegation, had to throw men forward in search of an equaliser and Liverpool duly killed the game with a clinical break, Firmino teeing up Henderson as the Reds moved back above City.

Targeting the visitors' right-hand side, the Saints got themselves into great positions time and again, taking an early lead after nine minutes, while their energy and fight was too much for their title-chasing opposition to handle. "I am really happy with the performance, we knew it would be hard so winning here is not easy but we did it".

The manager highlighted the Reds' mentality to persevere and lauded his side to come up with the goods in the second-half.

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