Liverpool 3-0 Southampton: Saints thrashed at Anfield by impressive Reds

Jurgen Klopp defends Mohamed Salah after poor run of form

Mohamed Salah broke a three-game goalless run for Liverpool as they brushed Southampton aside 3-0 at Anfield to win their opening six games for the first time in a Premier League season.

But the Switzerland internatonal was hauled off at half-time by Klopp and replaced by James Milner to sure up the midfield.

Klopp has options up front too after Daniel Sturridge came in for Roberto Firmino and scored the opener against PSG, with Firmino then coming off the bench to grab the dramatic late victor. But in the first half we conceded too many easy goals.

After a fantastic game at Anfield on Tuesday, supporters will be excited to see more thrilling football and hopefully the side Klopp has selected can get the job done without any major drama.

Hughes feels the current Liverpool squad under Jurgen Klopp have "travelled a long way down the road" in the club's quest for a first domestic championship since 1989/90.

"I have no clue yet what I will say in the team meeting but I don't think that putting more pressure on, saying it will be historical or whatever would help".

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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.

"On the defensive side, the last two games he was outstanding", Klopp said at a news conference on Friday. "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".

"Finishing is something you can never take for granted".

"We're always giving ourselves a mountain to climb and it is hard on the best of days to come to a place like Anfield and make sure you've still got a foothold in the game". The problems at St. Mary's are much the same as they have been for the past couple of seasons.

"Saints were not bad, they were really good, but maybe in the final third they were not the biggest threat".

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