With two goals from Darwin Núñez and one from Roberto Firmino, the Merseyside team won at home before the Qatar 2022 stoppage and regains ground in the Premier League.
Liverpool -#Southampton – Played on 11/ 12/ 2022
Still very far from the top of the table, focused today in the Premier League on climbing positions to reach at least the places in the Champions League, now four points behind, Liverpool reemerged just before the World Cup break, led by the Uruguayan Darwin Núñez , a claimed double scorer in the first half to defeat Southampton (3-1) and relaunch towards Qatar 2022 , and protected by the Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson, who retained the victory with three crucial saves.
Until now, the permanent doubt that haunts Darwin, who measures each game, each game, each goal, due to the multimillion-dollar investment that Jurgen Klopp’s team made in the summer to bring him from Benfica to Anfield, is less and less, because there is no better The answer against everything in a striker like him is goals, nine in the 18 official matches this season, but, above all, seven in the sequence of his ten most recent duels. He goes up.
From his shot, but also from his mobility, his participation and his determination, Liverpool solved a duel that began compromised, on that roller coaster in which the ‘red’ team moves this season, to the point that it has only still added 22 of the 42 points for which he has competed; capable of taking the lead at full speed, with Firmino’s header -this one absent from the next World Cup- at the center of Andy Robertson. The header, more an extension than a shot, ended at 1-0. minute 6.
In little more than two and a half minutes, Southampton had already leveled it. In another similar action, in a center by Ward Prowse, in a far-off free kick hanging into the area, which Che Adams finished off with a header, between his teammate’s phenomenal pass, his cunning to stay alone and the vagueness of goalkeeper Alisson, who didn’t even He came out completely or waited for the rival auction.
And, then, the incontestable reaction of Darwin Núñez began, who proposed Mohamed Salah for the 2-1 almost immediately, but the goalkeeper Bazunu launched himself to save much more than he had not stopped before in Firmino’s goal, and that he did not forgive later, in the 22nd minute, when he converted Harvey Elliot’s stupendous aerial pass at the beginning of the victory, first, with his left foot, crossed and far from the goalkeeper’s reach.
Afterwards, the Uruguayan gave a perfect heel shot to set up Firmino against the goalkeeper, this time without any sense from the Brazilian, again with a magnificent intervention by Bazunu, and sealed the game before the break, when he dived to the ground to clinch another delivery from Andy Robertson, with the maximum efficiency of the Uruguayan striker, who envisions the World Cup at his best moment of the season to play for one of the two places in the attack of his team and Diego Alonso with two ‘greats’ like Luis Suárez and Edinson Cavani.
Such an advantage disconnected Liverpool for a while, which began the second half as if everything had been done, as if hardly anything else was needed; an improper concession in other times for the ‘red’ team, which then resorted to Alisson’s saves to preserve the peace of mind of the two goal difference. There were three phenomenal interventions, at the level of one of the best goalkeepers in the world, against Elyounoussi, Edozie and Che Adams to retain an essential victory. Southampton continues to decline.