Liverpool climbed to second in the Premier League with a 3-0 win at Southampton.
Luis Suarez marked his 100th Premier League appearance with a goal and two assists as the Reds moved above Arsenal and Manchester City.
Liverpool had a big chance to take the lead inside 10 minutes. A rapid break set Daniel Sturridge in on goal. He elected to pass rather than shoot, which enabled Jose Fonte to get back and flick the ball away from the waiting Suarez.
Saints looked lively but were rocked on 16 minutes by a goal from Suarez. He exchanged passes with strike partner Sturridge and curled a gorgeous finish beyond Artur Boruc.
It was a notable goal for the Uruguayan for a second reason, according to This is Anfield.
Luis Suarez has now scored against every current Premier League team.— This Is Anfield (@thisisanfield) March 1, 2014
Adam Lallana was presented with a massive chance to draw Saints level on the half-hour mark. A great knockdown from Rickie Lambert found his fellow England international in space seven yards out. But his first touch took the ball slightly behind him, and he could only send his shot against the post.
A chance fell Jay Rodriguez’s way moments before the break. A clever stepover from Lambert presented Rodriguez with a shooting chance. He made crisp contact, but Simon Mignolet was able to adjust his position and make the save.
Suarez turned provider on 58 minutes to fashion the goal that handed the Reds a cushion.
The Uruguayan collected the ball 30 yards from goal, turned away from his marker and drove into the box. He had the option to shoot, but he laid the ball into the path of Raheem Sterling who slotted home with what was his first touch of the match—having been introduced as a substitute moments earlier.
Luis Suarez passed to Sterling for his goal, meaning he's now the top goalscorer AND the top assist maker in the Premier League this season!— Unibet (@unibet) March 1, 2014
Saints failed to fashion anything by way of a response, and Liverpool grabbed a third in stoppage time, as Steven Gerrard converted from the spot after Suarez had been felled in the box.
The final 30 minutes were played at a canter for Liverpool, with Chelsea now the only side above them in the table.
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Rodgers spoke to broadcaster Sky Sports immediately after the game and was delighted with the win and performance.
I thought tactically the players were brilliant. We played a 4-4-2 diamond to give us numbers in the middle of the field.
Defensively we were outstanding, blocked lines, blocked spaces, pressed the ball, and we got three goals. So I thought tactically the players were outstanding.
The performance in terms of defensively is up there with the Arsenal game in which we won 5-1.
This is a difficult place to come, Southampton are an excellent side and press the ball well.
It was an all-round outstanding team performance, with and without the ball. I am delighted for the players because they showed great concentration in the game and got their rewards.
Following this win at St Mary's, Liverpool remain on their travels for the next two games.
They visit Cardiff on March 22, but prior to that there is the matter of a huge North West derby with bitter rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford on March 16.
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