Liverpool secure a comfortable victory over a Southampton side that just want this season to end.
Mane’s first-half header set the Reds on their way and they effectively managed the game his first goal at Anfield since December 27.
It was created by Mohamed Salah, whose dipping cross to the back post found Mane outmuscling Kyle Walker-Peters; the Senegal international needed to be brave and he was, throwing himself at the ball to head in from six yards.
Southampton chances few and far between Adams fluffed his lines following a cross from Nathan Redmond.
Such profligacy meant the conclusion was never going to be anything other than tense and incident in the 76th minute illustrated the nerves when Alisson, who had hitherto been exemplary, proceeded to pass a ball straight to Adams.
Once again, he failed to capitalise and shot straight at the Brazilian.
Thiago’s first Premier League goal for Liverpool sealed the win for the hosts late on Klopp hoisted his arms with a mixture of relief and delight. The fight continues.
Liverpool’s win sees them rise to sixth in the Premier League table, six points behind Leicester in fourth who have played a game more. Klopp’s men have done what they needed to do here.
All they can do is produce more of the same. Southampton stay 16th, ten points above the relegation zone. They’re just drifting now.