Jota stars as Liverpool thrash Southampton

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Diogo Jota scored the fastest goal of the 2021-22 Premier League season on Saturday at Anfield as Liverpool thrashed Southampton 4-0.

It took the Portugal international just 97 seconds to score and he added a second to his tally later in the first half. Thiago Alcantara and Virgil van Dijk also found the back of the net in the win.

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The win means Liverpool continue to keep pressure on Chelsea — who play Manchester United on Sunday — at the top of the table.

“In the end it is a good game for us. We adapted well to their three at the back. They changed again in the second half. We took advantage. There were spaces in the first half. A clean sheet too so a good performance,” Jota said after the game.

“It is always easier when you start well with a goal at home. We knew in the past we have been 2-0 up and not won the game. But we did today and that is important. The most important is that we win.

“I take advantage of playing for a good team. Fortunately for me I can score goals and hopefully keep doing it.”

Jota opened the scoring early after Andy Robertson set him up at the edge of the six-yard box.

Alisson was called into action moments later when James Ward-Prowse was nearly in after a poor backpass.

Mohamed Salah set Jota up for his second goal on 32 minutes when he sidefooted the Egypt international’s cross into the net.

Salah’s assist means he has been directly involved in 25 goals this season across all competitions which is more than double that of any other Premier League player.

Thiago added Liverpool’s third five minutes later. It looked like Southampton had headed the ball away from danger but Thiago hit it first time into the goal.

Van Dijk scored his first goal in 14 months on 52 minutes from near the penalty spot.

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