Liverpool remain ideal with Southampton procession

23 September, 2018, 19:40 | Author: Cecil Buchanan
  • Shaqiri has been restricted to appearances from the substitutes' bench

Shaqiri played a role in both Liverpool's opener and Mohamed Salah's goal yet Jurgen Klopp replaced him with James Milner at the break.

And they are living up to that prediction, having conceded just twice in their opening six league fixtures.

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.

'I said to Shaq that I have never taken a player off at half-time after such an influential half but we wanted more control.

Former top flight star Garth Crooks has admitted to being hugely impressed with the way Liverpool swatted aside Southampton at Anfield and believes the Reds can nearly score at will.

"It is a completely normal situation for an offensive player that they have times when they don't score".

'After this long time, after this injury, it feels great to start again and to play. "Joel Matip was spot on and the full backs had outstanding work rate and I liked what I saw", the German coach said.

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After half-time the Saints were given more of the ball but did little going forward with it - Redmond remained lively and as a substitute Armstrong had an effect, but ultimately Southampton failed to record a shot on target until the 90th minute.

Klopp had dismissed talk of a Salah goalscoring crisis with the Egypt global having drawn a blank in his last three games and the majority of Anfield was willing him to score every time he got in the penalty area.

"But we are working hard to make it as uncomfortable as possible for the opponent and we are on a good way".

"I'd say this is the best chance they've had since Kenny's team last won it. If it was me, I'd be fuming after the display he put in during that first half".

"The whole team was not used to the system today and as a new player usually you struggle most, but he didn't".

'Yes, it's a surprise because of course you can not expect it (winning seven matches), but all performances we showed so far were at least good enough to win the games, ' said Klopp. "But then we won game No. 8 5-0, very cool".

'Hopefully as the season progresses we will prove that along the way'.

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