Salah helps Liverpool thrash Southampton to go top

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From the resultant corner, Matip, making his first start of the season, soared high to direct a header past the goalkeeper and give the home side a two-goal cushion on 20 minutes.

"I'm really, really happy about how we played the game today, because it was clear it was a really hard game, we knew that form the last few games when we played Southampton, but today we were in a really good mood", Klopp said.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admits it was not easy to take off Xherdan Shaqiri at half-time after the Switzerland worldwide had played such a pivotal role in the 3-0 win over Southampton at Anfield.

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.

"This isn't just the best chance for Liverpool to win the title since the Premier League started - I'd go further than that", Souness told the Mirror.

Gomez can count himself very unlucky to have been benched, having impressed alongside Virgil van Dijk in Liverpool's defence for the most part this season.

"It's only a matter of time before they win something".

Liverpool barely got out of gear as they strolled to a 3-0 victory over hapless Southampton on Saturday, with Xherdan Shaqiri fuelling a historic result. The Reds are cruising now.

"I thought 3-0 was harsh". 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.

Pundits and columnists added pressure on Van Dijk's shoulders by stating that he would need to perform heroic feats for Liverpool to get value on their investment.

Substitutes: Milner (6), Gomez (6), Keita (5).

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.

Klopp brought on James Milner at the break as Liverpool eased to victory to maintain their ideal Premier League record and he explained his choice in a post-match news conference.

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

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