While Liverpool are set to lose Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane to the Africa Cup of Nations early in 2022, the Reds are gearing up for a festive period to remember.

On Saturday they coasted to a 4-0 win over Southampton in the Premier League thanks to goals from Thiago Alcantara, Virgil van Dijk and a brace from Diogo Jota.

The win put Liverpool back to within one point of leaders Chelsea, who face Manchester United in their game in hand on Sunday. Manchester City can also go back above the Reds with a win over West Ham United on the same day.

Regardless of what happens, the mood is positive among the Liverpool faithful going into Wednesday's Merseyside derby showdown with Everton.

Salah confronted by pitch invader

While Salah didn't add to his haul of 11 Premier League goals on Saturday, he was the focus of the attention of one particular supporter after the game.

Following the full-time whistle a man ran onto the field to get a photograph with the Egyptian before he was promptly pulled away by the Anfield security.

Salah was nonplussed by the encounter, with the forward frequently hunted by fans encroaching onto playing surface at the end of games while on international duty.

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Southampton talking points

From the nascent stages of Saturday's Premier League encounter, it was embarrassingly apparent how significant the gap is between Liverpool and Southampton.

Jota's early goal set Jurgen Klopp's side on their way and they raced into a 3-0 lead before half time. After adding a fourth, it seemed as though the team were happy to take it easy with a heavy workload to come.

Jota has been in excellent form.

Freddie Keighley has outlined his five major talking points from the contest and had special praise for two-goal hero Jota.

"Jota has had to share minutes with Firmino since his transfer from Wolverhampton Wanderers last year, but he has been in simply sublime form in recent weeks, a double against Southampton taking his tally to four goals in four games in all competitions," he said.

"As well as being in the right place in the right time to tap in his two goals, the 24-year-old frequently dropped deep to influence the game as Mane and Salah drove beyond him."

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Lid lifted on Old Trafford team talk

Liverpool midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has lifted the lid on what Klopp said to the team when they led 4-0 at Old Trafford at half time last month.

The Reds eventually romped to an iconic 5-0 win over their bitter rivals, with Salah netting an incredible hat-trick for the visitors.

However, despite the quality of performance, Oxlade-Chamberlain has revealed the manager wanted more from his players.

"The message was we need to do better, we need to do more," the midfielder said. "That shows that everyone takes responsibility and accountability for when we're not performing, regardless of the result."

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