Liverpool kept alive their hopes of a top-four finish in the Premier League as Sadio Mane and Thiago Alcantara sealed a 2-0 win against Southampton on Saturday.
Jurgen Klopp’s side moved above Tottenham into sixth place thanks to Mane’s first-half header and Thiago’s first goal for the club in the final moments at Anfield.
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Liverpool’s first victory in four games in all competitions leaves them six points behind fourth-placed Leicester with a game in hand in the race to qualify for next season’s Champions League.
It was only their second league win at Anfield in their last 11 matches.
They travel to second-placed Manchester United on Thursday for a crucial clash in their attempt to catch Leicester.
After the failed defence of the title they won last season, Liverpool would be delighted to salvage a troubled campaign with a top-four place.
To do that, they need to win their last four games and hope Leicester and fifth-placed West Ham stumble in the final stretch.
Southampton, 10 points above the relegation zone with four matches left, have now lost 13 of their 17 league games since beating Liverpool in January.
The Saints have earned the fewest points and conceded the most goals in the Premier League in 2021. (AFP)