Mohamed Salah scored a clbady winner when Liverpool beat Southampton 3-1 at St. Mary's on Friday night to return to the top of the Premier League table.
Liverpool came into the game sitting at a point of Premier League leaders Manchester City at the table as the two fugitive leaders continue to fight for the title of the season.
However, it was Southampton who took the lead before 10 minutes when Shane Long settled down and buried a short-range shot past Alisson from a header from Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg to put the score 1-0.
And Long almost doubled the lead shortly after following an unfortunate Liverpool rebound from a Trent Alexander-Arnold punt, but the Ireland international frustrated his shot from close range when he should have done better.
A frantic match continued and Liverpool finally found a draw in the 36th minute when Naby Keita scored his first goal for the club, driving a back post header from an Alexander-Arnold cross to the back of the net.
Liverpool pressed hard for the goal in the first 20 minutes of the second half, but saw how Keita's penalty shouts faded earlier. Roberto Firmino showed a good opportunity since a cut by Sadio Mane when the match exceeded the set time.
A good defense in a pair of Southampton corners led to a counterattack by Liverpool when Salah picked up the ball at his own end, ran along the field and finished 18 yards away to send the supporters traveling to Ecstasy in St. Maria's
The goal was a sweet relief for Salah, who went on an eight-game unbeaten streak in all competitions and makes him the fastest player in Liverpool to reach 50 in the Premier League in just 69 games.
He replaces Jordan Henderson, who started the Salah counter, then put the issues in order, dispatching a short-range finish from a Firmino pbad to give space to the visiting side-breather and send them back to the top of the table.
The victory lifted Liverpool to 82 points from 33 games, with City to 80 from 32, while Southampton remained five points above the relegation zone.
Liverpool's next game is a first leg of the Champions League, first leg to Porto, while the Saints host the Wolves in the Premier League on 13 April.