Klopp: Subbing superb Shaqiri was hard

Lynette Rowe
September 24, 2018

Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah netted his first league goal since August 25 as the Reds thrashed Southampton 3-0 on Saturday to leap-frog Chelsea at the top of the Premier League table and confirm their best start to a season.

Matip returned to the starting line-up at the expense of Joe Gomez, who was rested, but it did not affect their defensive stability against a poor Saints side.

"I had the benefit of Shaq's free-kicks for a long time, unfortunately it went against me today", he added.

A run of seven straight victories in all competitions brought up Klopp's 600th league game as a manager but the German is already looking ahead.

After seeing his side make it six wins from six to head to the top of the Premier League table, Klopp was asked about the fitness of his Dutch defender. They're comfortable on the ball, and often dominate games, but too often their play fizzles out as it approaches the final third.

The 27-year-old performed well and headed home his first goal of the season during the first half to put the Reds 2-0 up. "It was a nice feeling to be on the field 90 minutes", he continued.

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"It always helps the team and helps me get self-confidence for the game". "I explained it to him, usually I don't explain substitutions, but I thought today it made a bit of sense", Klopp added.

Van Dijk will likely sit out of Wednesday's League Cup clash with Chelsea, with a view to being fit and fresh for the trip to Stamford Bridge next Saturday evening.

'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.

Speaking after the game, Liverpool's manager said it was tough taking off Shaqiri considering he was having such a good game. Different challenges, different styles of opponent, the boys were there, really in the situation and in the game.

A third defeat in six league matches leaves Southampton on five points.

With Chelsea and City to come in their next two league games and a Champions League visit to Napoli in between, Liverpool understandably took their foot off the gas in the second-half. "I am really sure we are mature enough to understand it".

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