Liverpool's Mohamed Salah says scoring goals is always on his mind

Pep Guardiola celebrates after the win at Fulham

Pep Guardiola celebrates after the win at Fulham

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has rejected the notion that his side might lack motivation in their Champions League quarter-final against Porto after toppling Bayern Munich to reach the last eight.

The fact that Liverpool are even competing with Man City for this title is a remarkable achievement in itself, whilst also bringing entertainment to the top of the Premier League table.

Yet, on this occasion he chose the right option despite the presence of Roberto Firmino in support. "Always, I'm thinking to score", Salah told Sky Sports.

"There was [always] going to be some spaces, some opportunities, and you need the quality that we have as well to step up, and [it was] fantastic". "I made my decision to shoot".

Liverpool looked shaky at times, especially in the first half after Southampton took the lead through Shane Long's ninth-minute goal. With their fullbacks Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson having off nights, in part due to Southampton, led by the industrious Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Oriol Romeu, dominating the Reds' midfield trio of Gini Wijnaldum, Naby Keita and Fabinho, the Saints were on the front foot most of the time.

Liverpool needed a stoppage-time victor to beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 at Anfield last weekend and they were forced to do things the hard way again at St Mary's. That is massive in this insane league, with these unbelievably strong opponents, and everyone is waiting for us. "I am really happy with the performance, we knew it would be hard so winning here is not easy but we did it".

"It is a hard year for everybody, you need to have 70-75 points for the Champions League and 90-something for the title".

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Virgil van Dijk captained Liverpool from kick-off against Southampton and says the Reds made their own problems...and fixed them, too. But off the ball he is creating chances for the likes of Firmino and Mane to score, by dragging more players on to him.

"We have to work for it, the moment will come but all three goals were brilliant".

Ashley Barnes scored an early own goal to put Bournemouth ahead, but then Chris Wood and Ashley Westwood each scored in quick succession to put them ahead with Asmir Begovic not covering himself in glory in goal for Bournemouth.

"The most important thing is to just keep on doing what we've been doing all season", continued the centre-back.

He added: "I'm really, really happy about the performance and the game because we knew it was hard for us, so that was good".

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