Anfield remains a fortress in Klopp's 600th league game

Lawrence Kim
September 23, 2018

The Switzerland global started for the first time in the comprehensive 3-0 victory over Saints, and had a hand in two of the side's three first-half goals.

Speaking after the game, Liverpool's manager said it was tough taking off Shaqiri considering he was having such a good game.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said it was hard to substitute Xherdan Shaqiri at half-time after the Swiss worldwide had been influential in helping his team to a 3-0 half-time lead over Southampton at Anfield.

Joel Matip made his first start of the Premier League season for Liverpool today.

The win sends Liverpool back to the top of the table, although Chelsea will able to leapfrog them should they win by two goals against West Ham on Sunday.

With big games against Chelsea, Manchester City and Napoli on the horizon, Liverpool fans will have been anxious that their £75m defender had broken his ribs but speaking after the game, manager Jurgen Klopp eased their fears.

Robert Firmino (Liverpool): Although he didn't score, he was a handful for the Southampton defence all afternoon and his work-rate off the ball remained brilliant.

Southampton were the authors of their own downfall however when Hoedt misplaced Xherdan Shaqiri's deflected shot into his own net, with Liverpool going on to totally dominate from that point onward.

Southampton are coming off a disappointing 2-2 draw with Brighton, a game in which they led 2-0. That tackle ends up being for nothing as Matip rises highest from the resulting corner and guides a header into the far corner.

"I thought 3-0 was harsh".

The Saints could not get to the break for some respite as Shaqiri, who was surprisingly hooked at half time despite his contribution to two goals, whipped a 30-yard free kick against the crossbar, and Salah raced in to tap home the rebound from only a yard out.

Van Dijk looked in a fair amount of discomfort as he felt around his rib as he was leaving the field.

Substitutes: Milner (6), Gomez (6), Keita (5).

All in all, it was game of positives for Liverpool as they calmly won their sixth consecutive game in a row in the Premier League and seven in a row across all competitions.

Hughes feels the current Liverpool squad under Jurgen Klopp have "travelled a long way down the road" in the club's quest for a first domestic championship since 1989/90.

Southampton didn't have a shot on target until the 91st minute.

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