Liverpool vs Southampton, Premier League

Arnold Nichols
September 23, 2018

The goals all came in the first half, with Xherdan Shaqiri influential throughout his 45-minute showing, forcing Wesley Hoedt's opening own goal and laying on Mohamed Salah's strike with a brilliant free-kick.

Klopp gave strong consideration to starting him against Paris Saint-Germain last Tuesday - the idea, with Roberto Firmino injured, was to play Shaqiri out wide and move Mohamed Salah into a central position - but the time may now be right to introduce the 26-year-old.

If there was a curiosity in Liverpool emerging as clear leaders of the Premier League for the first time in nearly two years, it was in what might have happened if they had played with the same breakneck gusto that took them to last season's European Champions League final.

Liverpool strolled through much of the second period in second gear, although the loss of Van Dijk to injury may have soured Klopp's afternoon ahead of next week's double header against unbeaten Chelsea, who visit Anfield on Wednesday in the EFL Cup before welcoming the Reds to Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

Liverpool had never before won their first seven games in all competitions in any season but they marked Juergen Klopp's 600th match as a manager by surpassing their 1961-62 season record when they won their first six.

"No it was not easy, to be honest".


"It's just good to have him".

'It's not cool, but it should not be too serious. It should be absolutely OK, hopefully.

Liverpool legend Gary Gillespie believes Manchester United are already playing catch-up when it comes to the Premier League title race, though he is sure the Red Devils will finish in the top four. "We are on a good way and if we win everything is fine, but we know we have to get better and I am still positive".

Matip has his first goal of the season in his first start. Despite initial claims from the Swiss playmaker, his dead ball didn't cross the line and it was definitely Salah's goal.

"I think the whole team responds to that, I think the crowd senses it as well, and I know opposition teams sense it too".

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