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Klopp wanted to punch himself over Mane

Klopp wanted to punch himself over Mane

The Reds also will try to run their unbeaten stretch to an impressive 13 games over all competitions.

"Two things are really important when you play football: the result and the performance" he told a media conference. The Reds are now in first place with 26 points, however, Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal are trailing with a 2 point gap.

With Chelsea, Manchester City and the Gunners all within two points, the fixtures in December and January will go a long way toward deciding if Liverpool can widen their lead at the top. They are in fine form and the former Borussia Dortmund manager will be looking for a similar display from his men against Southampton on Saturday.

Otherwise it was mostly Liverpool and they created what could have been a decisive opening in the 28th minute when Georginio Wijnaldum found Mane free in the penalty area with an intelligent diagonal pass.

Apart from the club colours, it could nearly have been a Liverpool home game as Jurgen Klopp's men poured relentlessly towards goal, urged on by their noisy supporters. Neither of the Saints players who scored in that game are now with the club - Sadio Mane will line up against Southampton for Liverpool this weekend, while Graziano Pelle has just finished a season in China.

"The momentum is very good, the performances have been very good so we still have a lot to improve", Lucas added.

Liverpool suffered a blow midweek when Adam Lallana suffered a hip injury in England's friendly against Spain.

Southampton find themselves in decent position upon returning from the worldwide break in 10th place.

"Claude Puel: "[On Charlie Austin] Charlie is a clinical player.

At this point, the Dutchman compared the situations at Liverpool and at his former club, "At PSV, I was playing for a team that has to be champions every year". Also, it is worth noting that they were only beaten twice in the last 15 games on home-field in the Premier League with ten games ending in victories. Southampton is now 10th in the Premier League with 13 points.

Chelsea won here impressively three weeks ago and Liverpool will feel they should have done so too, dominating a disappointingly supine Southampton side but failing to score.

The former Saints man was nearly in again as he burst into the box five minutes before half-time, but Southampton centre-back Virgil van Dijk was on hand to prevent a shot on goal with an excellent block.

Top of the table Liverpool visits the Saint Mary's Stadium today as action resumes in the top flight following the worldwide break.