Liverpool 3-0 Southampton: Saints thrashed at Anfield by impressive Reds

Jurgen Klopp defends Mohamed Salah after poor run of form
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23 September, 2018

Jurgen Klopp drafted in Xherdan Shaqiri for his full Liverpool debut and the former Stoke City winger played a role in the opening goal on 10 minutes, cutting inside onto his right foot for a shot which Wesley Hoedt clumsily steered into his own net.

Liverpool have a free-kick 30 yards from goal, Shaqiri unleashes a brilliant effort which rattles the bar and it's Salah who reacts quickest to tap home the rebound, with the ball having nearly crossed the line on its way down from the crossbar.

Liverpool's manager has been thrilled with how Shaqiri has adjusted to his squad and if his opportunity does not come against Southampton on Saturday, it is nearly certain he will start in Wednesday's Carabao Cup clash against Chelsea.

Egypt global Salah, 26, netted 44 times for the Reds last season and was the Premier League's top scorer.

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

Southampton, meanwhile, has struggled this season, winning only one of its five league fixtures, that being a 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace on September 1.

Liverpool's style of play has seen them earn mass praise, but the lingering sentiment is that a piece of silverware needs to be clinched if they are to make a clear statement of intent - a sentiment shared by Klopp. We didn't need them too much in the first few games. "It's just good to have him; the free-kick was outstanding".

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

"He should be absolutely OK, hopefully".

- Hughes has lost each of his last six Premier League matches against Liverpool by an aggregate score of 17-3. "I didn't hear anything different".

The lead was doubled in the 22nd minute as defender Joel Matip rose highhest to head home from a corner on his first start of the season.

"Gary McAllister was the assistant to Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool and I told him I hope you're going to come and take Virgil but Brendan didn't fancy him and didn't think he was better than what he already had".

"I thought 3-0 was harsh".

The Reds finished in the top four and lost to Real Madrid in the Champions League final last term thanks in part to Salah's goals.

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