Liverpool vs. Southampton - Football Match Report

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk

Virgil van Dijk has proved a key acquisition in the Liverpool defence

Kylian Mbappe nearly helped salvage a point for his side but Liverpool's talismanic Brazilian ensured Klopp's side picked up a win in their first game of the 2018/19 Champions League campaign.

And the points were sealed shortly before the break when Salah tapped in after Shaqiri's free-kick hit the woodwork, although Virgil van Dijk's injury after the break marred the win for Klopp.

Gillespie believes that Manchester United are playing catch-up, which they will not have wanted, but he is unconcerned about suggestions they might miss out on a top four finish.

The 26-year-old earned a start for the Merseyside club on Saturday in the 3-0 Premier League win over Southampton.

For the previous games against West Ham, Leicester and Paris Saint-Germain, Shaqiri had to settle for a bit-part role which consisted of a combined 32 minutes.

Defensive frailty was a major criticism of Liverpool last season, but the acquisition of Virgin van Dijk has helped steady the ship.

It was a routine victory in the end, with Southampton offering little by way of resistance to a Liverpool side who march on towards a testing set of fixtures against Chelsea.

45+3' - GOAL! Liverpool 1-0 Southampton (Salah).

Liverpool meanwhile had plenty of chances to increase their lead - sub James Milner had two very good shots in quick succession before Salah thought he had his second of the afternoon, only to be flagged for offside.

Southampton: McCarthy 6, Cedric 6, Vestegaard 5, Hoedt 4, Bertrand 6, Romeu 5, Hojbjerg 4, Lemina 4, Redmond 6, Targett 5, Long 5.

Liverpool: Alisson, Robertson, van Dijk, Matip, Alexander-Arnold, Henderson (C), Wijnaldum, Mane, Salah, Shaqiri and Firmino.

He made an instant impact with a spectacular overhead kick against Manchester United in MI but despite impressing in training, Shaqiri has been limited to just 27 minutes of Premier League action in four matches, plus a five-minute cameo in the Champions League.

Silva was on target within minutes, looping a header in, and City wrapped it up with a superb goal, Gundogan and Sterling linking and the former bending a brilliant finish into the corner. There were 11 after six league games...

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