Suarez ends scoring drought as Liverpool crush Southampton

Liverpool moved to second place in the Premier League following their 3-0 victory on Saturday.

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Liverpool moved into second space in the Premier League with a hard-fought 3-0 win over Southampton at St Mary’s.

Luis Suarez set Liverpool on the way with the opener in the first half and substitute Raheem Sterling added a second in the second half with his first touch after coming off.

Liverpool moved into second space in the Premier League with a hard-fought 3-0 win over Southampton at St Mary’s.

Steven Gerrard put the seal on a perfect evening for Brendan Rodgers’ side with a third from the penalty spot in the closing seconds. The defeat was harsh on Southampton as they pushed Liverpool back for long periods and went close to scoring

Liverpool went close to scoring on seven minutes as Daniel Sturridge led a a break from the visitors and tried to pick out Suarez for a tap in, but Jose Fonte got back brilliantly to clear the ball in front of the Uruguayan. The visitors did break the deadlock on 16 minutes with Suarez celebrating his 100th Premier League appearance in style with his 24th goal of the season.

The goal was somewhat fortuitous as Southampton’s defense failed to clear their lines and the ball diverted off Fonte into the path of Suarez who first time slotted his past Artur Boruc. Southampton reacted positively to going behind and Luke Shaw created a chance for Rickie Lambert on 26 minutes, but the striker drilled his shot wide of the target.

DRAWING UP CONCLUSIONS

The home side were inches away from drawing level on 32 minutes when Lambert knocked down the ball into the path of Lallana inside the six-yard box and he was unlucky to see his effort come back off the post. Southampton were going forward at every opportunity and Lallana and Rodriguez both saw efforts fail to hit the target as they pushed for an equalizer.

Southampton continued to call the tune before half-time and Simon Mignolet came to Liverpool’s rescue two minute before the interval as he got down well to keep out Jay Rodriguez’s effort with a strong hand after Lambert had cleverly dummied Shaw’s pass inside the box