Liverpool team news shows Jurgen Klopp is going for Southampton jugular

Liverpool team news shows Jurgen Klopp is going for Southampton jugular

Liverpool team news shows Jurgen Klopp is going for Southampton jugular

There is a feeling he is trying too hard to score at the same remarkable rate he managed last season but Klopp has no concerns and insists Salah is working harder than ever before.

Gomez and fellow centre-back Joel Matip looked solid at the back after the Englishman came on in place of Van Dijk, which can only be a promising sign for the Reds.

Juergen Klopp's team is top with 18 points though Chelsea can go level on points if it wins at West Ham on Sunday. "We still played football and that was a really big step in the season so far", he added.

Kylian Mbappe nearly helped salvage a point for his side but Liverpool's talismanic Brazilian ensured Klopp's side picked up a win in their first game of the 2018/19 Champions League campaign.

"Wow, that is a crisis", said Klopp, whose side host Southampton on Saturday (15:00 BST kick-off). Shaqiri's corner is a poor one, but he gets a second chance and his curling shot is deflected by Long and then bundled into his own net by Hoedt.

Collectively, however, Liverpool struggled with their defensive duties in the new shape against Southampton, having not been able to fully work on it in training due to the gale-force winds and blustery showers that swept Merseyside on Friday.

The lead was soon doubled, Matip rising at the back post to head home a right-wing Trent Alexander-Arnold corner won when Cedric Soares made a brilliant challenge to deny Salah.

Jurgen Klopp has named an interesting starting XI, for while the front-three of Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane all start, so does Swiss winger Xherdan Shaqiri.

A home game with Southampton was the ideal opportunity to hand Shaqiri his first start and he thrived in a lively opening 45 minutes.

Liverpool have gone 750 minutes without conceding a Premier League goal at Anfield, keeping eight clean sheets in a row.

- Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 24 Premier League games at Anfield (W16 D8), their best run in the competition since August 2009 (31 games).

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