Liverpool vs Southampton, Premier League

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk

Virgil van Dijk has proved a key acquisition in the Liverpool defence

Jurgen Klopp revealed Xherdan Shaqiri's half-time substitution was for tactical reasons as Liverpool extended their 100% start to the new season with a crushing win over Southampton.

The 26-year-old received the ball from a corner and cut inside to whip in a shot which deflected a couple of times before and eventually going in off Saints defender Hoedt.

Alisson retains his place in goal, and has a back-four of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joel Matip, Virgil van Dijk and Andy Robertson in front of him.

The Reds have enjoyed a dream start to the campaign as they extended their run to five consecutive victories in the Premier League with a 2-1 win at Tottenham Hotspur last weekend to remain joint top of the table alongside Chelsea.

Liverpool: Alisson, Robertson, van Dijk, Matip, Alexander-Arnold, Henderson (C), Wijnaldum, Mane, Salah, Shaqiri and Firmino.

Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah netted his first league goal since August 25 as the Reds thrashed Southampton 3-0 to make it six Premier League wins out of six and leapfrog Chelsea at the top of the table on Saturday.

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I don't want to say that our improvement has the name of Chris or Victor. I think this is more the influence of the moment.

"No one remembers that, it is really no problem".

'The changes cost us as I changed the system.

"There is always the caveat that he has to stay fit, but if he can avoid getting injured then we know how good he is". "It is so important, in these games especially".

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

The former Republic of Ireland worldwide established a reputation as one of the Premier League's most prolific strikers during his time with Tottenham, but had limited success after moving to Liverpool for £19m in 2008.

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