Liverpool vs. Southampton - Football Match Report

Klopp wants Liverpool to be more of an all-round proposition this season

But there is a chance that Klopp will pair him alongside the £75 million Dutchman again next Saturday in a potential top-of-the-table Premier League clash with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

The Merseyside outfit coasted to victory in the second half, but their triumph at home was not without its setbacks, as van Dijk limped off the pitch in the middle of the second half.

Southampton failed to mount a meaningful comeback after the break and the result leaves them languishing in mid-table, while Liverpool's flawless record puts them top on 18 points, two ahead of Chelsea who visit West Ham United on Sunday.

Southampton were the authors of their own downfall however when Hoedt misplaced Xherdan Shaqiri's deflected shot into his own net, with Liverpool going on to totally dominate from that point onward.

21' - GOAL! Liverpool 2-0 Southampton (Matip).

That represents their best such run since August 2009 - 31 games. That tackle ends up being for nothing as Matip rises highest from the resulting corner and guides a header into the far corner.

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The Saints could not get to the break for some respite as Shaqiri, who was surprisingly hooked at half time despite his contribution to two goals, whipped a 30-yard free kick against the crossbar, and Salah raced in to tap home the rebound from only a yard out.

Salah has been directly involved in 41 goals in 31 appearances at Anfield since signing for the Reds last summer from AS Roma - 30 goals and 11 assists. Despite initial claims from the Swiss playmaker, his dead ball didn't cross the line and it was definitely Salah's goal.

Plenty were impressed with Shaqiri on his full debut...

... Subs: Milner 6, Gomez 7, Keita 6. Subs: Armstrong 5, Bednarek 5, Austin 5.

With that said, though, Matip was criticised for individual performances last season too - particularly earlier in the season during an away draw with Newcastle, where fans felt he was culpable for the opposition's goal.

Southampton didn't have a shot on target until the 91st minute.

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