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Two utterly faultless performances: Liverpool player ratings v Southampton

Those record-breaking Reds! Make that 20 consecutive Anfield wins as Liverpool extended their gargantuan lead at the top of the Premier League table to 22 points – I’ll say that again 22 points!

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain made two goals in as many games after opening the scoring in the second-half courtesy of a Roberto Firmino assist. Jordan Henderson continued his inspiring form with his third league goal of the season before the skipper turned provider to set up Salah to kill the match.

Liverpool’s 23rd win if the season – their 15th consecutive top-flight victory – means that Jurgen Klopp’s team now need just seven more PL victories to claim their first league title since 1990.

Here are RTK’s player rating v Southampton:

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 01: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Mohamed Salah of Liverpool scores the third goal making the score 3-0 during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Southampton FC at Anfield on February 01, 2020 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Alisson Becker – 8

Made a succession of important if unspectacular stops as Liverpool’s defence went AWOL for parts of the first half.

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Trent Alexander-Arnold – 7

Some wayward distribution first half and troubled defensively by Redmond at times. Grew into the game second-half and didn’t put a foot wrong.

Joe Gomez – 6

Struggled to contain the threat of Long and Ings in the first-half. Much improved in the second period.

Virgil van Dijk – 7

Close with one backheel saved by McCarthy and needed to make one vital interception inside his own area before break. Calm and assured as ever after the break as Liverpool finally established their dominance.

Andy Robertson – 6

Regularly offered an overlap and sent in some searching passes. Busy going the other way before the break. Much more of a danger second-half.

Fabinho – 6

Two early tackles set the tone but still looks to be adjusting from that injury sustained in November.

Jordan Henderson – 9

Desperately tried to inject some tempo into a first-half. Dragged his team from start-to-finish with an outstanding performance that culminated in a goal and an assist. A certain early shortlist for the PFA Player of the Year award.

Gini Wijnaldum – 6

A typical Gini performance. Used the ball intelligent and was calm and composed throughout.

Mohamed Salah – 8

Another brace for the Reds’ top-scorer, that’s 18 in all competitions this season. Not bad for a one-season-wonder.

Roberto Firmino – 9

Barely touched the ball during the opening half-hour but was utterly irresistible in the second half. link-up play was flawless and the Brazilian provided a hat-trick of assists.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – 7

Always looked to come inside first half which wasn’t always the best option. Lost the ball for one good opening for the visitors.

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