Liverpool toys with Southampton in latest attacking clinic

AP , Saturday 27 Nov 2021

Diogo Jota celebrated his early goal by sitting on the Anfield turf, crossing his legs and pretending to play on a gaming console.

Liverpool s Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk (2R) celebrates with teammates after scoring his team s f
Liverpool s Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk (2R) celebrates with teammates after scoring his team s fourth goal during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Southampton at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on November 27, 2021. AFP

Liverpool simply toyed with Southampton in the English Premier League on Saturday.

In another masterful display by the best attack in the league, Liverpool swept to a 4-0 win. It has scored at least two goals in its last 17 games in all competitions.

Needless to say, Jurgen Klopp's ruthless team is comfortably the top scorer in the Premier League with 39 _ no other side is within eight _ and the latest victory pulled Liverpool to within a point of leader Chelsea, which doesn't play until Sunday against Manchester United.

Jota led Liverpool with two goals _ the first coming inside two minutes, with his celebration perhaps a nod to his off-field penchant for gaming. Indeed, he won a FIFA 20 tournament played by Premier League players while soccer was suspended last year following the coronavirus outbreak.

Thiago Alcantara's deflected strike and Virgil van Dijk's volley completed the scoring against a Southampton team whose bold approach of deploying three strikers at Anfield backfired in spectacular fashion.

Liverpool was 3-0 ahead after 37 minutes and could easily have doubled its final goals tally.

Liverpool's front-foot style is something Eddie Howe is trying to bring to Newcastle after taking over at the Saudi-controlled north-east club, but it might take some time.

A 2-0 loss at Arsenal extended Newcastle's winless start in the league to 13 games and the last-placed team fell further adrift on Saturday, with next-to-last Norwich drawing at home to Wolverhampton 0-0.

Meanwhile, Liverpool great Steven Gerrard's start to life as a Premier League manager couldn't be going any better.

Aston Villa has two straight wins under Gerrard, the latest 2-1 at Crystal Palace.

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