Liverpool vs Southampton: Nunez nets twice as Reds win 3-1 at Anfield

Liverpool earned all three points in their final game before the World Cup in Qatar, defeating Southampton 3-1 at Anfield on Saturday.

The Reds seized control of the game early on, with Roberto Firmino scoring in the sixth minute.

Three minutes later, Che Adams converted James Ward-pass Prowse’s to put the visitors ahead.

Jurgen Klopp’s team responded swiftly, attacking from all angles, with striker Darwin Nunez scoring twice in the 21st and 42nd minutes.

Liverpool’s triumph has moved them to sixth position in the English Premier League ahead of the Middle East’s largest football event.

Liverpool started the day eighth in the table but temporarily moved up into sixth, five points off a Champions League spot, ahead of the games to come later on Saturday and on Sunday.

The Reds were without Ibrahima Konate and Jordan Henderson – who are due to go to the World Cup with France and England respectively – while manager Jurgen Klopp was forced to watch this game from the stands as he served a touchline ban.

Yet Liverpool’s players enjoyed themselves in the absence of their German boss from the dugout as they scored all three goals in an enthralling opening 45 minutes.

The Reds have seven players going to the World Cup as it stands – Alisson (Brazil), Fabinho (Brazil), Konate (France), Trent Alexander-Arnold (England), Jordan Henderson (England), Nunez (Uruguay) and Virgil van Dijk (Netherlands).

Klopp will spend the next few weeks with those staying behind including Mohamed Salah and Firmino.

It was striking how all of Firmino’s outfield team-mates celebrated with him after scoring his seventh Premier League goal of the season after the disappointment of his omission from Brazil’s squad.

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