Video: Coutinho follows up wondergoal with class strike as Liverpool take lead v Southampton; Sturridge adds second

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It’s turning into quite the week for Liverpool‘s Philippe Coutinho, who followed up his midweek wondergoal against Manchester United with the opening effort against Southampton.

The Reds headed to St Mary’s on Sunday shorn of several key men, with James Milner missing through suspension, Roberto Firmino out through injury and captain Jordan Henderson only fit for the bench.

Despite the absentees, Liverpool started strongly, and having hit a magnificent goal in midweek as the Reds dumped Manchester United out of the Europa League, Coutinho again hit a delightful effort.

The Brazil playmaker found space 30 metres from goal, after cutting in from the left flank, and hit a stonking effort that left Fraser Forster with no chance in the 17th minute.

Daniel Sturridge—who shone against the Saints in a League Cup game earlier in the campaign—added a second five minutes later. The England international was picked out inside the box by Divock Origi and evaded the defender with a smart shimmy before firing a low strike past his international colleague Forster.

Two goals up, Liverpool look well placed to claim a victory that would take them above both Southampton and Stoke City into seventh place.

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