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Southampton 1-3 Liverpool
Liverpool needed more late goals to move top of the Premier League once more as Mohamed Salah and Jordan Henderson struck in the final 10 minutes to earn a 3-1 victory at Southampton on Friday.
Jurgen Klopp’s men had to come from behind at St. Mary’s after Shane Long’s early opener.
However, Naby Keita’s first goal for the club brought the visitors level before Salah and Henderson’s strikes took Liverpool two points clear of Manchester City, who still have a game in hand.
The league leaders also needed late goals to beat Fulham and Tottenham in their last two games, but they refuse to give up the chase of a City side eyeing history with a quadruple of trophies.
Southampton started the evening just five points above the relegation zone at the other end of the table, but had won their past two games as part of a general upturn in form since Ralph Hasenhuttl took charge in December.
And the hosts looked more like the side going for the title in the early stages as they went in front on nine minutes.
Ryan Bertrand’s cross picked out the run of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg into the box and his flick-on looped over Andy Robertson for Long to control and score just his fourth goal in his last 50 Premier League appearances.
That was also the Irishman’s 50th Premier League goal and he should have had 51 shortly after when he failed to connect with another dangerous Bertrand cross and Virgil van Dijk nearly turned the ball into his own net against his old club.
Keita has failed to live up to expectations since his £53 million move from RB Leipzig last summer, but the Senegalese could hardly have picked a better moment to score his first goal for the club nine minutes before the break.
Southampton were left angry that Salah was not flagged offside in the build-up, but the ball eventually fell for Trent Alexander-Arnold and his in-swinging cross was met too powerfully with his head by Keita for Gunn to keep out.
Liverpool had far more control of the game after the break, but had to wait until 10 minutes from time for the crucial goal and it came on the counter-attack from a Southampton corner.
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.
Henderson had been left on the bench from the start by Klopp, but the Liverpool captain made his presence felt as a substitute as he then burst into the box to finish off Roberto Firmino’s low cross to seal a vital three points.
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Bournemouth vs Burnley – 16:00
Bournemouth have the chance to turn their dodgy form around when they host Burnley at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday.
The Cherries have won just one of their last eight in the Premier League to leave them 12th in the EPL table.
Eddie Howe’s side were comfortably beaten 2-0 at Leicester last weekend.
Burnley’s battle to beat the drop received a boost when they ended a troubling losing sequence by shocking Wolves to the tune of a 2-0 victory at Turf Moor.
Huddersfield vs Leicester – 16:00
Leicester continue their late surge to be the best of the rest in the Premier League at relegated Huddersfield on Saturday.
The Foxes have won three on the spin under new boss Brendan Rodgers, including a 2-0 success over Bournemouth last weekend.
Huddersfield have lost four in the row as their miserable exit from the top flight goes on, with relegation back to the Championship confirmed last Saturday.
Newcastle vs Crystal Palace – 16:00
Newcastle and Crystal Palace go head-to-head for a mid-table tussle in the Premier League at St James’ Park on Saturday.
Both are in mixed form, with the Toon Army beaten 2-0 at Arsenal on Monday night.
Palace also tasted defeat on Wednesday, as they were accommodating guests for Tottenham to win 2-0 in the first match at their new stadium.
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Everton vs Arsenal – 15:05
In-form Everton are out to topple another top-four contender when Arsenal visit Goodison Park in the Premier League on Sunday.
The Gunners breezed past Newcastle in the Monday night EPL game and come into the weekend sitting fourth in the table.
Unai Emery’s men are a point behind third-placed north London rivals Tottenham and just ahead of Chelsea and Manchester United, with this their game in hand on all three.
Everton have lost just once in their last five as they put together an encouraging end to the season.
Chelsea were the victims in their last home game on Merseyside, with the Toffees coming good with a 2-0 success.
They repeated that scoreline in the capital last Saturday, seeing off West Ham to go tenth in the table.