Klopp delighted with 'Shaq' despite early substitution

Jurgen Klopp defends Mohamed Salah after poor run of form

Jurgen Klopp's side needed only 10 minutes to take the lead as Saints defender Wesley Hoedt deflected the ball into his own net from Xherdan Shaqiri's cross-shot, and it was 2-0 after 21 minutes when Liverpool won a corner and Joel Matip headed home.

Liverpool have a free-kick 30 yards from goal, Shaqiri unleashes a brilliant effort which rattles the bar and it's Salah who reacts quickest to tap home the rebound, with the ball having nearly crossed the line on its way down from the crossbar.

Liverpool's serene dominance in the Premier League continued this afternoon as the Reds cruised past Southampton 3-0 at Anfield.

However, the 27-year-old is hoping to get more minutes under his belt with Liverpool now to face Chelsea twice, Napoli and Manchester City during an 11-day spell that starts with a Carabao Cup tie against against Maurizio Sarri's men on Wednesday.

"It was not easy, to be honest".

'It's much too early to make something of it and talk to him constantly about what and when and stuff like that, ' said Klopp. It's my job to sometimes deliver news nobody wants to hear. "We saw that we had a few problems".

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"It's just good to have him".

Former Premier League manager Ian Holloway believes Liverpool midfielder James Milner is outperforming teammate Naby Keita.

Elaborating on whether van Dijk would be out for the team for the foreseeable future Klopp added, "It should be absolutely OK, hopefully. We are on a good way and if we win everything is fine, but we know we have to get better and I am still positive". "I made different decisions but his time will come, that's for sure".

However, Salah - in need of a goal to quell the largely ridiculous talk about his form - reacted quickest to convert.

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

Mohamed Salah returns to the scoresheet as Liverpool continue their 100% start to the season with a comfortable 3-0 win over Southampton at Anfield.

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