Mohamed Salah's top five Premier League goals after scoring 50th at Southampton

Mohamed Salah's top five Premier League goals after scoring 50th at Southampton

Jurgen Klopp hailed a "world class" goal from Mohamed Salah after the Egyptian helped Liverpool return to the top of Premier League on Friday thanks to a 3-1 win over Southampton.

Jordan Henderson finished from close range moments later to get the score to 3-1 and secure the points for Liverpool, keeping them on pace in their title quest.

Shane Long's 50th Premier League goal had put Southampton into an early lead but Naby Keita's first strike for Liverpool ensured the scores were level at the interval.

And fans gleefully welcomed back their hero at a crucial time for the club's season.

Resurgent Southampton had failed to find the net in the previous five league meetings between the clubs, with their last top-flight goal against Liverpool coming in March 2016.

Salah latched onto Henderson's headed pass and ran from inside his own half before curling in his first goal in nine games from just outside the box.

He said: "Everyone is talking about it and we expect him to score for Liverpool".

"There's not many games left, any mistake can cost us".

The Reds know they can ill afford to slip up and need to take all three points on the south coast tonight to move past Manchester City to the top of the Premier League table.

Liverpool have already collected three more points away from home than they matched after last year's full season, where they lost and drew five games and conceded 28 goals. "There have been so many late goals you think is their name on it".

"But he's played incredible games for us as a No.6; we have other players who can play that position", he said.

"To make a difference and have an impact, that's what me and Milly wanted to do and thankfully we've done that and managed to win the game".

Liverpool pushed hard for the go-ahead goal in the opening 20 minutes of the second half, but saw penalty shouts from Keita waved off before Roberto Firmino flashed a good chance wide from a Sadio Mane cut-back as the match passed the hour mark. I am really proud. "But I've had conversations with the manager and I felt as if I could affect it a little bit higher up".

As Liverpool struggled in the second half, it seemed like the advantage would go to City.

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