Liverpool Celebrate Goals at Home, The Reds Keep Chasing Chelsea in the standings – Update News Sport

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Liverpool return to Premier League action this afternoon when they welcome Southampton to Anfield.

The Reds come into the game on the back of a comfortable 2-0 win over Porto in the Champions League on Wednesday night.

After missing last weekend’s win over Arsenal, James Milner, Andy Robertson and Divock Origi all made welcome returns for Jurgen Klopp’s side in midweek.

But Harvey Elliott, Joe Gomez, Curtis Jones, Roberto Firmino and Naby Keita all remain sidelined for the Reds.

Southampton, meanwhile, arrive at Anfield on the back of a 2-1 defeat to Norwich City at Carrow Road last weekend and currently sit 13th in the table.

Kicking off at 3pm, Paul Gorst, Ian Doyle and Theo Squires will all be on hand to provide live updates on the action as well as bring you team news, analysis and reaction from Anfield.

Liverpool recorded a routine 4-0 win over Southampton on Saturday afternoon and closed the gap to Premier League leaders Chelsea to a point for at least 24 hours.

Jurgen Klopp’s side raced into an early lead as Diogo Jota turned home an Andy Robertson cross from close-range and the Portugal international doubled the advantage on 31 minutes after a nice move involving Mohamed Salah and Jordan Henderson sliced the Southampton defence apart.

Three points were sealed for Liverpool before half-time when Thiago’s deflected shot flew past the helpless Alex McCarthy and former Saints player Virgil van Dijk compounded the visitors’ misery by volleying home from a corner in the second-half.

This was a game that could not have gone much better for the Anfield faithful in the same week that they maintained their 100 per cent record in the Champions League with a 2-0 win over Porto, but Southampton could not lay a glove on the hosts and Ralph Hasenhuttl’s change of system did not pay off.

Liverpool’s win sees them move into second and apply pressure to the teams around them, whilst Southampton slip a place to 14th and will need points again soon to move themselves further away from the relegation zone.

Jota reacts to a successful day for Liverpool
Diogo Jota bagged a brace today and took his season goals tally to eight in the process. It proved to be a routine game for the Portugal international and his Liverpool teammates to get through and many of their attacks were able to strike right at the heart of the Southampton defence throughout the 90 minutes.

Speaking to Sky Sports after the game, Jota said “I think it was a good game for us. We adapted well to their change to three at the back and I think they did not adapt very well and changed in the second-half. We took advantage of the spaces in the first-half, we got the result and a clean sheet as well so a good performance today.”

Superb numbers for Salah
Mo Salah turned creator today to set up Diogo Jota’s second goal of the game and this has seen him reach a total of 150 goal involvements in just 171 Premier League games.

Liverpool fans: Join the post-match discussion with the Athletic’s James Pearce
It was a very satisfying day for Liverpool and their supporters will be thrilled by the way they saw off Southampton with no trouble at all to move up to second in the Premier League table.

Join the post-match discussion with the Athletic’s James Pearce as he assesses all the game’s talking points.

Hasenhuttl admits responsibility
Speaking to the Athletic’s Dan Sheldon, Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl has taken responsibility after changing his side’s system and seeing his players unable to really provide a test for Liverpool today…

Good signs for Klopp and co.
Liverpool have averaged three goals a game in the Premier League this season after adding four to their top-flight tally today.

Next stop, Goodison
Here is the final verdict from the Athletic’s James Pearce after he saw events unfold at Anfield…

FULL-TIME – Liverpool 4-0 Southampton
A big win for Liverpool, who create some good goals and close the gap to Chelsea at the top of the table for 24 hours at least.

A brace from Jota and Thiago’s deflected strike gave the home side a commanding lead at half-time before Virgil van Dijk added a fourth in the second period.

Jurgen Klopp will be very pleased with what he saw from his side considering they have had to contend with the Champions League this week as well, but Ralph Hasenhuttl’s Southampton really did not prove to be much of a test.

Liverpool welcome Southampton to Anfield as the hosts are in red hot form. The Reds have been on fire in attack in their last five Premier League matches scoring 18 goals while allowing only five. Due to some individual mistakes in defense, one of those five matches also led to a draw but Southampton have a tall task considering that they just lost to cellar dwelling Norwich City last week. Southampton’s improved form recently has been down to their defense but stopping Liverpool would be a mammoth undertaking for anyone.

Liverpool: Looking to shake of injuries, Liverpool will hope to welcome Andrew Robertson back to the starting lineup after he returned to the bench versus Porto following a hamstring injury. They should also be able to welcome Jordan Henderson back into the fold as the injury crisis finally begins to improve. There will likely still be rotation as the Liverpool second team will be enough here but they also need to do a professional job to keep pace with Chelsea in the title race.

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Southampton: Southampton are improving but there is a question of what their best strike force is. Armando Broja, Nathan Redmond, Che Adams, and Adam Armstrong have all shown flashes at points but the Saints aren’t scoring enough goals. Facing such a strong Liverpool side, they’ll have to take advantage of any scoring chances that they do get which is tough to do not knowing your best attack. Southampton have sprung upsets though, drawing Manchester City, Manchester United, and West Ham. So, they could be up for making this big game tough.

Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane are unstoppable right now. Southampton can try but they will find a way Pick: Liverpool 3, Southampton 1

Rivalry Week has arrived and with it some of the biggest college football games of the season will be going down Saturday. Bragging rights will not be the only thing on the line as division titles, conference championship game appearances and College Football Playoff invitations will all be up for grabs with 18 top 25 teams in action over the course of the day.

Ohio State and Michigan go head-to-head in The Game with the Big Ten East on the line. The Buckeyes and Wolverines each have a shot at a top spot in the College Football Playoff, but the victory in Saturday’s game must win out through the Big Ten title game. Oklahoma and Oklahoma State meet in Bedlam, each as one-loss Big 12 teams that would need a bit of help to get into the playoff. There’s also a chance the Sooners and Cowboys meet in a league title game rematch should the Sooners win.

Elsewhere, Georgia (at Georgia Tech) and Alabama (at Auburn) each have rivalry games to get through ahead of their matchup in the SEC title game.

While winning is all that matters for the standings, we care about whether these teams will cover their spreads. Be sure to stick with CBS Sports throughout the day for college football coverage from the opening kickoff onward. Let’s take a look at our expert picks for a loaded Saturday in Week 13.

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