Shaqiri substitution not easy for Klopp

Lawrence Kim
September 23, 2018

His deflected cross was turned in by Wesley Hoedt for the opener and a brilliant curling free-kick against the crossbar presented Mohamed Salah with a simple close-range effort for the third.

The visitors soon slipped further behind though, and it was another player to benefit from Klopp's rotation who doubled Liverpool's lead as Joel Matip got a run on 6ft 6in Vestergaard to head his first goal at Anfield beyond Alex McCarthy and into the top corner. It's just good to have him.

"I just love Mo's smile, he makes my day."

The 26-year-old looked dynamic throughout the first-half, running into space and creating chances for his teammates.

In the 10th minute Shaqiri cut in from the left to race onto Sadio Mane's perfectly-weighted through-ball, hitting a right-footed shot off Shane Long onto Hoedt with scrambling goalkeeper Alex McCarthy unable to keep it out. I wanted to control the game, go back to our normal formation.

"I think it should always be a fear to come to Anfield as an opposing team", said Matip, who scored his first Anfield goal on his first start since March. I still need some time but (I'm) looking forward to the next game.

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.

With the victory, the Reds have won seven consecutive matches to begin a season for the first time ever.

But Klopp switched his side up for the second half by replacing Shaqiri with James Milner.

Klopp, meanwhile, said that Virgil van Dijk was taken off on the hour as a precaution after he took a blow to the ribs that aggravated an earlier injury.

That is set to change with the Carabao Cup visit of Chelsea on Wednesday, especially as the pair meet at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League next weekend.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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