Jurgen Klopp defends Mohamed Salah after poor run of form

Solanke Out Of Liverpool, Southampton Fixture

Solanke Out Of Liverpool, Southampton Fixture

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.

Matip, who played the full 90 minutes, said post-match that he understood why Klopp had elected to partner Van Dijk and Gomez in each of the Reds' previous six outings this season, all of which ended in victory.

The diminutive midfielder made his first start for Liverpool in the Premier League against Southampton.

The only downside to the afternoon was the departure of Virgil van Dijk with a bruised rib. This is the kind of game they would expect to win, but it's still pleasing to do so - especially in such emphatic style and especially coming off the back of playing in the Champions League in midweek.

Collectively, however, Liverpool struggled with their defensive duties in the new shape against Southampton, having not been able to fully work on it in training due to the gale-force winds and blustery showers that swept Merseyside on Friday.

The Reds finished in the top four and lost to Real Madrid in the Champions League final last term thanks in part to Salah's goals.




Salah had the ball in the back of the net once again in the 89th minute, but the Egyptian's strike was flagged offside.

"Wow, that is a crisis", said Klopp, whose side host Southampton on Saturday (15:00 BST kick-off).

Liverpool: Alisson 6, Alexander-Arnold 7, Matip 6, Van Dijk 7, Robertson 6, Henderson 6, Wijnaldum 7, Shaqiri 8, Mane 6, Salah 6, Firmino 8.

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

Liverpool's win over Southampton means they have now won their opening six games in the league and are proving their credentials as serious title contenders.

Opta point out that Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 23 Premier League games at Anfield (W15 D8), their best run in the competition since August 2009, and have kept a clean sheet in each of their last seven Premier League home games.

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