Five Things We Learned From Liverpool's 2-0 Win Over Southampton

Liverpool secured a crucial three points in the hunt for Champions League football against Southampton, so let's see what we learned from this important win.
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Liverpool secured a valuable win over a struggling Southampton side. This win could be absolutely massive in Liverpool's hunt for Champions League football for next season. Hopefully Liverpool will be able to dispatch their final 4 games in a similar fashion, so let's take a look at five things we learned from the game.

1) The front three looked more comfortable together

Today, Jurgen Klopp decided to drop Roberto Firmino and opt for a front three of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Diogo Jota. It's been the story of our season so far, our forwards just haven't been finishing their chances. Today looked like the old Liverpool for a little bit, Salah was denied by Fraser Forster a few times and Mane and Jota were creating numerous chances. 

Diogo Jota celebrates with Sadio Mane

Diogo Jota celebrates with Sadio Mane

Jurgen Klopp probably isn't going to stick with this front three for the final four games but we can hope. The front three looked a lot more fluid than in previous games they've started but it could've just been the two weeks rest they've had. Hopefully it's a sign of good things to come.

2) Our Midfielders can apparently score goals

Liverpool have been missing a goal scoring midfielder for years, we still don't have one but it was nice to see Thiago Alcantara grab a goal from long range. It was also nice to see him take the shot because there has been many times he has been in the exact situation and passed it to the wing.

Things probably won't change with our midfielders not scoring but it is definitely an area Liverpool need to figure out. Obviously Liverpool's midfield three have never been tasked with scoring goals, they're more there to press but when our forwards are firing blanks we need goals from elsewhere and our midfield this season has not provided that. 

3) Alisson Becker is back to his best

Alisson Becker has been very hot and cold this season. He has made some mistakes but he has also bailed us out of a lot of games too, today being an example of one of them.

Alisson Becker stopping a Southampton attack

Alisson Becker stopping a Southampton attack

Alisson made two fantastic one-on-one saves which denied clear goals. It was like we was watching him at his best again, fast off his line and making himself massive. Again we shouldn't be relying on Alisson to bail us out every game but with him at his best, it makes everyone more confident, which is what we need for the next few games.

4) Liverpool need to invest in better squad players

Liverpool's strength in depth is absolutely shocking for the current Premier League Champions. Yes, we don't have owners with unlimited money but comparing our squad to Manchester City or Chelsea, we're miles off.

With it looking increasingly likely Xherdan Shaqiri and Divock Origi will be sold and Naby Keita is also being made available according to reports, Jurgen Klopp is basically left with a few youngsters and injury prone players for his bench. Liverpool need to strengthen their first team but their bench and squad lacks so much quality to be competing for four plus competitions like Chelsea and Manchester City do.

5) Champions League football is still on for Liverpool

Champions League football for next season is still very much a possibility for this Liverpool side. With it looking increasingly likely that Chelsea will finish in the top four, the automatic spot that the winner of the Champions League Final gets will be awarded to 5th place in the Premier League, as both Manchester City and Chelsea will have already qualified for the competition. 

Jurgen Klopp could still have reason to celebrate this season. 

Jurgen Klopp could still have reason to celebrate this season. 

Our rivals for top four need to drop points as the Reds currently aren't in the driving seat but with how everyone has been performing recently, that is a strong possibility. Liverpool can't really afford to drop any points in their next four games if they want to be in with a shout. Leicester have a very tough end to the season and West Ham still have to play Everton. 

Also, Tottenham and Everton are relying on Liverpool to drop points to sneak into the top four. So there's still a lot to play for in the final four games. Jurgen Klopp and the players have the experience, they have the mentality and they know the fans are going to be fully behind them, so hopefully they will be able to deliver it for the supporters.