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Six things to look out for in Liverpool's X-0 win over Southampton, including Diogo Jota's outstanding performance and Andy Robertson's goal. has identified six things, including Diogo Jota's and Andy Robertson's greatness.

Liverpool got off to a flying start against Southampton, with Diogo Jota putting the Reds ahead after just two minutes. Jürgen Klopp's side never looked back, winning 4-0.

Ralph Hasenhüttl's men were harshly punished for attempting to press the pressing kings, and Jota spearheaded a vintage Liverpool performance. In truth, the Anfield audience could have seen the Reds score even more goals – a 9-0 scoreline did not seem out of the question at one point.

Despite this, Klopp will have no complaints about the final result, which was enough to get Liverpool to within a point of first place. It maintained a frightening response to the humiliation against West Ham by winning convincingly against Arsenal, Porto, and now Southampton.

Chelsea and Manchester City have been given notice that the title chase will not be over anytime soon. As the game progressed, noticed the following six items.

Jota is a goal scorer.

The ability to score goals is a valuable trait to have as a forward. Jota has a natural talent for it. In the first half, he scored two goals and could have easily scored more. Despite being in and out of Liverpool's first squad, these goals were enough to propel him to joint-second in Premier League goal scoring. Only Mohamed Salah has a higher total.

Although a wonderful chance for a hat-trick was wasted after a superb delivery from Andy Robertson with 15 minutes to play, the second half was calmer. Nonetheless, Jota can take pride in a job well done.

His movement is a threat to defenses since he is always in the proper location. There are still some areas of his game that need to be polished, but as long as he keeps finding the net, it doesn't matter.

The Reds are back in action after a little hiatus.

The early Liverpool blitz appears to be less common than it formerly was. Much of this is due to how opponents approach the game – most of the teams the Reds face, especially in the Premier League, are set up with a defensive attitude. Klopp has got to create a winning machine that is a little more patient.

Southampton, on the other hand, is an outlier, and Liverpool demonstrated that they are still capable of bursting out of the blocks when given the opportunity. Within the opening minute, the visitors' high press unsettled the back line a little, but the space in behind was punished barely a minute later.

As the fast break evolved, Jota fluffed his lines, but a clever bit of recycling kept the opportunity alive, and he made no mistake with Andy Robertson's perfect pass, finishing it to put Liverpool ahead early.

'Robbo is Robbo,' says the narrator.

When asked about the potential of Kostas Tsimikas making a first-team push, Klopp was adamant about making this point about his left-back before the game. For the second time, he was proven to be completely correct.

Robertson delivered a vintage effort, adding to his long list of such outings since arriving on a cheap deal from Hull City. He was a constant threat down the left flank, posing a threat with both his deliveries and his deft combo passes. Sadio Mané's understanding is something to behold.

Tsimikas has done an excellent job of igniting the debate, but Robertson reminded everyone that he is still the best left-back in the world. Liverpool is really fortunate to have both players on their books.

Van Dijk has missed the mark.

Virgil van Dijk is a commanding presence in set pieces, so the fact that he has yet to score from one this season has been a bit of an aberration. He made amends against Southampton, converting a Trent Alexander-Arnold corner with aplomb against his previous team.

The dearth of goals hasn't been a serious issue so far because the big Dutchman has been wreaking havoc and allowing others to score. In a defensive sense, he continues to seem more and more like his former self, imperiously shrugging off attacks. However, it is always beneficial when defenders can contribute a few goals from corners throughout the season.

In a closely contested championship race, such considerations could be significant. Although goal number four in a blowout of Southampton was not the ideal time for Liverpool to score their first Van Dijk goal, it was heartening to see him score.

Thiago is still a mystery.

Thiago makes even the most difficult tasks in football appear simple. Unfortunately, he has a habit of making the simple tasks appear difficult.

His goal against Porto was a brilliant example of the latter, but he was also responsible for a couple of heart-stopping moments against Southampton. There is such a thing as being too laid back, and the Spaniard was guilty of it on a few instances, causing him to be chastised by the press. None were penalised, and Liverpool cruised to victory, but things could have gone very differently on another day.

But there were also flashes of brilliance, reminders of his one-of-a-kind qualities in the Liverpool midfield. His quick feet eventually led to a goal, though it was aided somewhat by a large deflection. He got along well with Fabinho and Jordan Henderson as a unit, and the trio laid the foundation for a strong performance.

Konaté responds to a few questions.

Ibrahima Konaté drew a disproportionate amount of criticism after Liverpool's clean sheet against Porto. That's the burden of playing center-back at Anfield, where comparisons to Vian Dijk and Jol Matip are inevitable, but the young Frenchman has handled the pressure admirably.

Klopp gave him another start against Southampton, and the visitors drew a blank once more. Konaté can't take credit for everything, but he didn't screw up too badly. Even though he is only 22, the level at which he has already progressed is quite encouraging.

The former RB Leipzig man is undoubtedly a ball-player, which can lead to a few nervous moments, but he has only been culpable for a few turnovers. When you compare that to Thiago, who has given the ball away in crucial situations on multiple occasions, you can see the contrast in fan reaction.

Overall, it was another stepping stone in a potential talent's early Liverpool career.

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