It took all of two minutes for Southampton’s resistance at Anfield to be broken, as Diogo Jota was in the right place at the right time to fire home the opener before repeating the trick for the Reds just after the half-hour mark.
Thiago Alcantara and Virgil van Dijk added further goals for Liverpool to condemn Southampton to a second successive Premier League defeat following their previous loss at Norwich City, with their form taking quite the downward spiral over the past two weeks.
Ralph Hasenhuttl had witnessed his side string together a four-game unbeaten run before the international break, but two humbling defeats on the road sees the Saints sit 15th in the table after 13 games – five points clear of the relegation zone.
However, Southampton have not played in front of their home crowd since Premier League action resumed this month, and they have taken a respectable seven points from the last nine on offer at St Mary’s, keeping clean sheets in wins over Burnley and Aston Villa.
The Saints have also lost just twice in their last 11 Premier League home games and have shipped just four top-flight goals at St Mary’s this term – only Manchester City have let in fewer at home – but Leicester are not in any mood to halt their goalscoring momentum.
Ranieri’s former star man Jamie Vardy ensured that the 2015-16 title winner’s return to the King Power Stadium would be a miserable one, as the 34-year-old and James Maddison stole the show in a 4-2 thrashing of Watford during the freezing cold weekend.
Ademola Lookman also got in on the act as Emmanuel Dennis and Joshua King added consolations for the Hornets, and Brendan Rodgers will be hoping that is a sign of better things to come after seeing his side snap a three-game top-flight winless streak.
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The inconsistent Foxes are still some way off challenging for another European berth, though, as they occupy 10th spot in the rankings as one of three sides with 18 points to their name, but only two points separate them from sixth-placed Wolverhampton Wanderers.
On a more sour note, the Foxes are now without a clean sheet in the Premier League since the opening day of the season – with all six of their away games so far seeing both teams score – but St Mary’s will be remembered for all the right reasons for the visitors this week.
Southampton fans will be sick of hearing about the 9-0 thumping handed to them by Leicester back in October 2019, but last season’s clash was a much more low-key 1-1 draw in April after the Foxes came up trumps 2-0 at the King Power