Tarak Malhotra Staff Reporter, The Pawprint
On the 1st of February, Liverpool faced Southampton at Anfield for their 25th league game of the 19/20 campaign. Prior to the game, Liverpool had an extraordinary 70 points from 24 league games, having dropped just two points against Manchester United at Old Trafford earlier in the season. Southampton, on the other hand, stood at 31 points in 11th place prior to the game.
One of Liverpool’s star players, Sadio Mane, has been out of action after sustaining a hamstring injury after the Reds’ trip to West Ham last week. Taking his place for the game was was midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
After a goalless first half, Southampton seemed very much in the game as they kicked off the second half. Right from the kick-off, a loose ball that was recovered by Liverpool left-back Andrew Robertson found Roberto Firmino who fed the ball onto Oxlade-Chamberlain who slotted home giving Liverpool the lead. In the 60th minute, another Firmino through-ball found Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson who put a second past Alex McCarthy. Liverpool seemed to be running riot in the second half, as the skipper Jordan Henderson slipped a ball through to Salah who chipped the keeper, giving Liverpool a comfortable three goal lead. In the last minute of regular time, Firmino completed his hat-trick of assists as his pass found Mohamed Salah who chipped McCarthy once again for his second and Liverpool’s fourth goal of the game.
Liverpool now advance to 22 points clear in the Premier League, having played 25 of the 38 game season. Since then, Liverpool have amassed 73 points from a possible 75, having dropped points against United in what is their only game where they have not come away with all three. With a 22 point gap and waiting to play a string of games against teams in the bottom half of the table, is the league already won for the Reds? Better yet, could they achieve their first league title in 30 years as Invincibles?