Salah happy and proud to break Liverpool record

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Saints, meanwhile, stay five points clear of the drop zone after their two-game winning run was ended.

City have a game in hand but will go into their next league game, at Crystal Palace next weekend, playing catch-up.

"It was never in doubt that he was a great player in my side", said the German at his post-match press conference.

It was Salah's 50th strike for Liverpool in the Premier League, becoming the quickest Anfield player to reach that landmark, taking the record previously held by Fernando Torres.

Salah has been criticised in recent weeks for being too selfish in front of goal in desperation to end his scoreless streak.

Starting XI: Alisson (6); Alexander-Arnold (5), Matip (5), Van Dijk (6), Robertson (5); Wijnaldum (6), Fabinho (6), Keita (7); Salah (7), Firmino (6), Mane (7). "But he takes the responsibility", Carragher told Sky Sports.

Liverpool have already collected three more points away from home than they matched after last year's full season, where they lost and drew five games and conceded 28 goals. The performance was not at the top level but at this stage it is about fighting. "People want us to play like Manchester City". That is massive in this insane league and everyone is waiting for us. "But I'm still very proud".

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One of those, Sergio Aguero , will be assessed on Saturday morning to determine whether he is fit enough. Now it's the business end and I just need to do what I can to help the team win games.

Salah's record-breaking debut campaign was capped by the Premier League player of the year award - only Suarez and former England global Michael Owen had previously won it as Liverpool players. "We are in the race and that is nice".

Liverpool needed a Hugo Lloris error to beat Tottenham 2-1 last time out and they rode their luck again at St Mary's Stadium on Friday, Jurgen Klopp's side showing their nerves.

However, the equaliser arrived before half-time with Naby Keita picking the flawless moment to score his first goal for the Reds, heading past the reach of Angus Gunn. After that we controlled it more. We've got to win every game.

Southampton have moved away from relegation danger since the appointment of manager Ralph Hasenhuttl in December.

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As for Southampton, they find themselves at No. 16 on the table, but still run the risk of being relegated should they suffer a late season collapse.