Virgil van Dijk "absolutely ok" after suffering rib injury vs. Southampton

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk

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.

There was little in the way of early threat from either side, but Sean Dyche's side increased the pressure and were rewarded a few minutes before half-time, Ashley Westwood's blocked effort falling to Matej Vidra, who tapped in.

Liverpool's home record against teams outside the big six since January is W7 D1 L0 and six of the wins have been to nil and the same number (but not the same six) have been by two goals or more, so those are the obvious bets to consider for longer odds than Liverpool's win odds of [1.22].

"I just love Mo's smile, he makes my day."

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.

"The best news I have had in the last two weeks is how we have changed or reinvented again our defensive skills", he went on.

Before Southampton could find their bearings at Anfield, Shaqiri had navigated space, inviting a ball from Trent Alexander-Arnold, which he then lofted into the box for Roberto Firmino.

If one thing mattered nearly as much as the result it was for Salah to get off the mark and despite Klopp's defence of him ahead of the game, the German will have been undoubtedly delighted and somewhat relieved to see his star forward get on the scoresheet.

"I think he's watched that World Cup thinking: "I may not get picked for that but I can still help my team".

"You sense that maybe something's going to happen", Hughes once summed up of Shaqiri's effect.

Southampton certainly knew they were in trouble when he took possession on. That tackle ends up being for nothing as Matip rises highest from the resulting corner and guides a header into the far corner.

"On the defensive side the last two games were outstanding, ideal from him".

However, Salah - in need of a goal to quell the largely ridiculous talk about his form - reacted quickest to convert. "I'm having a hard time getting used to watching us win all these games".

"He is a great lad, a good character in the group and I'm sure he will be a success here".

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