Liverpool stroll past Southampton to maintain 100% start

Xherdhan Shaqiri starred for the 1990 league champions

- Hoedt became the first Southampton player to score an own goal in the Premier League since Jos Hooiveld against Tottenham Hotspur in December 2013.

Shaqiri scored eight goals in 36 league appearances for Stoke City last season and was on target for Switzerland in their Nations League victory over Iceland earlier in the month.

The only downside to the afternoon was the departure of Virgil van Dijk with a bruised rib.

There are 18 of them on the board now, with September yet to finish. "We still played football and that was a really big step in the season so far", he added. His first Premier League start for the Reds was in the Swansea defeat but since then Liverpool have lost only four in 25 in all competitions with the Dutch defender in the line-up and all four were against teams of Champions League calibre.

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.

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But the German praised Shaqiri's impact at the club and said he would eventually get his chance.

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. The Reds are cruising now. Will it be 40 (goals again) at the end of the season? Salah runs down the right and his cross causes mayhem, with Milner and Firmino both having efforts blocked before Salah himself eventually puts the ball in the goal, but it's correctly disallowed for offside.

Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Xherdan Shaqiri galloped into the open field in front of them.

The visitors are lining up in a 3-5-2, with Nathan Redmond and Shane Long leading the line for the Saints.

It meant Liverpool returned to the summit of the fledgling Premier League standings, with Chelsea not in action until Sunday at West Ham United, as their outstanding start to 2018-19 continued.




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