Mohamed Salah ended an eight-game scoring drought with a wonderful solo goal in the 80th minute as Liverpool survived Southampton’s early scare to move back to the top of the Premier League with a 3-1 victory.
With only six games to go and having been toppled by title rivals Manchester City who beat Cardiff 2-0 on Wednesday, Liverpool knew a slip would be a serious dent on their title hopes.
For the second week running Liverpool looked like losing ground on City in a titanic title race, but once again Juergen Klopp’s side would not be denied as they edged a step closer to a first league title since 1990.
Another substitute Jordan Henderson tapped in to seal the three points to the delight of the visiting fans who had spent all night biting their nails.
Shane Long gave relegation-threatened Southampton the lead in the ninth minute as Liverpool began sluggishly, but Naby Keita’s header levelled the scores before halftime.
Liverpool are next in action on Tuesday in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final clash against Porto at Anfield. Southampton continue their battle against the drop at home to Wolves next week.