Riding on the goals from Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino, Liverpool clinched 2-1 away victory over Southampton at St. Mary’s Stadium on Saturday. With the win, the Reds now have two victories in as many matches at the start of the 2019-20 Premier League season and are currently placed at the top spot in the points table.
The Champions League holders, who last season battled Manchester City down to the wire before having to settle for second place in the English league, broke the scoreless deadlock in first-half stoppage time, 46th minute to be precise, when Mane received the ball from James Milner at the top corner of the box, dribbled to his right and sent a remarkable curling strike into the upper-right part of the goal. The kick contained such brutal force that it went past Southampton net minder Angus Gunn in the blink of an eye.
Firmino then locked things in favour of Liverpool with an insurance goal in the 72nd minute. The 27-year-old winger dribbled to his right across the top of the penalty area and fired a shot into the left half of the goal past diving Gunn.
The Saints pulled one back in the 83rd minute on a close-range goal by substitute Danny Ings, who capitalized on a shockingly poor clearance by Spanish goalkeeper Adrian, the hero of Liverpool’s penalty-shootout victory over Chelsea in Wednesday’s UEFA Super Cup in Istanbul.
In other Premier League action on Saturday, Arsenal also remained perfect through two games with a 2-1 win at home over Burnley, Everton topped Watford 1-0, Bournemouth held on for a 2-1 road victory over Aston Villa and Brighton and West Ham played to a 1-1 draw.
Finnish striker Teemu Pukki scored a hat trick in newly promoted Norwich City’s 3-1 home victory over Newcastle at Carrow Road.
With the win, Norwich City bounced back after getting off to a rough start in their Premier League return with a 4-1 loss to Liverpool on 9 August.
(With inputs from IANS)