Livewire Xherdan Shaqiri earns the spotlight on his first Liverpool start


Liverpool maintained their 100 per cent record in the Premier League with a 3-0 win over Southampton at Anfield.

Klopp changed his system to accommodate Shaqiri, switching to 4-2-3-1 with Salah moved to the centre and Shaqiri playing behind.

"No it was not easy, to be honest".

"We want to be good at defending".

Mohamed Salah has scored only two goals in six games this season and is now on a three-game goal drought - his joint-longest run without a goal since joining Liverpool. "I explained it to him so it's no problem", Klopp said, as quoted by the club's official website. "It's just good to have him; the free-kick was outstanding".

"It's not cool, but should not be too serious".

What a ball. The whole team was not used to what we did today and, as a new player, usually you struggle most.

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There was little in the way of early threat from either side, but Sean Dyche's side increased the pressure and were rewarded a few minutes before half-time, Ashley Westwood's blocked effort falling to Matej Vidra, who tapped in.

Liverpool face Chelsea twice in four days next week - Wednesday in a Carabao Cup match and then Saturday in Premier League action.

Liverpool's manager has been thrilled with how Shaqiri has adjusted to his squad and if his opportunity does not come against Southampton on Saturday, it is nearly certain he will start in Wednesday's Carabao Cup clash against Chelsea.

'He should be absolutely okay, hopefully. "I didn't hear anything different".

Matip, who played the full 90 minutes, said post-match that he understood why Klopp had elected to partner Van Dijk and Gomez in each of the Reds' previous six outings this season, all of which ended in victory.

"I think the whole team responds to that, I think the crowd senses it as well, and I know opposition teams sense it too".

In the day's late game, goals from Harry Kane, from the penalty spot, and substitute Erik Lamela earned Tottenham Hotspur a nervy 2-1 win at Brighton & Hove Albion, pushing Spurs into fifth on 12 points at the end of a trying week.