Klopp apologises to 'influential' Shaqiri

Angelo Anderson
September 23, 2018

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 22: Wesley Hoedt of Southampton scores an own goal past Alex McCarthy of Southampton for Liverpool's first goal during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Southampton FC at Anfield on September 22, 2018 in Liverpool, United Kingdom.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg's complete miss with only Alisson to beat from Redmond's cut-back was the catalyst for Liverpool to break quickly; Firmino releasing Salah who turned Jannik Vestergaard to backheel across goal and just wide of the post.

Joe Gomez, rested from the start today, deputised with authority as the Reds made it eight top-flight home matches without conceding.

Klopp allayed injury fears over Virgil van Dijk after the centre-back was taken off with a rib problem just before the hour mark.

On Shaqiri, Klopp said: "I said to Shaq in half-time, I've never taken off a player after such an influential time without an injury".

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. People are very positive about this player, this player, and I have to decide do I talk to them about them or not, do I leave him alone in this situation, but everything is fine really. "But he was good and I liked it".

"But we are working hard to make it as uncomfortable as possible for the opponent and we are on a good way".

Salah is, however, creating more chances for his Liverpool team-mates this season averaging 3.36 per 90 minutes compared to 1.91 last term. "If it was me, I'd be fuming after the display he put in during that first half".

"It always helps the team and helps me get self-confidence for the game".

"The whole team was not used to the system today and as a new player usually you struggle most, but he didn't. But then we won the eighth game 5-0, very cool!"

"It's a surprise, but all the performances we showed so far were good enough to win the games". Great offensively, needs a little work defensively'.

Van Dijk will likely sit out of Wednesday's League Cup clash with Chelsea, with a view to being fit and fresh for the trip to Stamford Bridge next Saturday evening.

'Hopefully as the season progresses we will prove that along the way'.

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