Salah strike caps off best start in Liverpool history

Fellaini accepts United closing gap to Premier League summit will be difficult

Fellaini accepts United closing gap to Premier League summit will be difficult

"In the week you saw with Gini Wijnaldum, good game but really hard, Hendo [Jordan Henderson] second game in a row, Milly [James Milner] came on and it was hard work for him too".

Klopp's decision to sub Shaqiri caused a huge stir amongst Liverpool fans and even had Match of the Day's Gary Lineker, Jermaine Jenas and Danny Murphy arguing about it.

He headed home Liverpool's second, after Xherdan Shaqiri's deflected cross resulted in Wesley Hoedt's own goal, which was his first anywhere since November.

So it was Xherdan Shaqiri's weird substitution at half-time, despite having a fantastic opening 45 minutes on his full debut, that really stole headlines.

"I said to Shaq at half-time that I'd never taken a player off at half-time after such an influential half".

"No it was not easy, to be honest".

The visitors soon slipped further behind though, and it was another player to benefit from Klopp's rotation who doubled Liverpool's lead as Joel Matip got a run on 6ft 6in Vestergaard to head his first goal at Anfield beyond Alex McCarthy and into the top corner.

And, uncharacteristically, he explained the substitution to Shaqiri in a brilliant gesture.

The Reds now sit joint top of the Premier League table and are two points clear in their Champions League group after the epic, last-gasp victory over Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday night.

"We're in a good moment-we've got a good rhythm, some good performances and good results-so of course we're confident".

Klopp explained it is significant, not due to there being any worries over Salah losing his touch, but that the entire team have empathised with him through his struggles and are eager for him to have a smile on his face again.

With Trent Alexander-Arnold, Andy Robertson and Allison between-the sticks, it's no exaggeration to say that the once-derided defensive unit could be the best in the Premier League.

"Football is (about) mentality, to fight, to be available to always try to give your best and today the spirit was fantastic", said Pochettino.

"A few weeks ago you all told me there were very tough weeks and nobody thought about Southampton - that made the game a real challenge, apart from the quality of Southampton anyway".

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