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

Posted September 23, 2018

A Wesley Hoedt own goal put them ahead, leading many to say it was the luck of champions, but that was just the first of many on a good day for the Reds that keeps them as Premier League leaders.

Relentless Liverpool march on. After the midweek win over Paris Saint-Germain, Klopp is going for the Southampton jugular. "We still played football and that was a really big step in the season so far", he added.

Andrew Atherley expects the Liverpool defence to be the bedrock of three more points at Anfield on Saturday.

10' - GOAL! Liverpool 1-0 Southampton (Hoedt o/g).

21' - CHANCE! Salah plays a lovely one-two with Firmino and looks poised to tuck home from close range when Cedric comes in from nowhere to make a brilliant last-ditch tackle.

Defensive frailty was a major criticism of Liverpool last season, but the acquisition of Virgin van Dijk has helped steady the ship.

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The Reds were two up inside 21 minutes and made the result safe as early as half time when Mohamed Salah ended a four-game scoring drought on the stroke of the break.

Surprisingly, Mohamed Salah was very poor and his performance was summed up by giving the ball away uncharacteristically for Mbappe's goal but the Egyptian is not being rested today.

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.

"He's had an England free summer", Holloway told the Liverpool-news-James-Milner-Naby-Keita-England-retirement" Daily ExpressLiverpool-news-James-Milner-Naby-Keita-England-retirement" . Subs: Armstrong 5, Bednarek 5, Austin 5.

A home game with Southampton was the ideal opportunity to hand Shaqiri his first start and he thrived in a lively opening 45 minutes.

It meant Liverpool returned to the summit of the fledgling Premier League standings, with Chelsea not in action until Sunday at West Ham United, as their outstanding start to 2018-19 continued. There were 11 after six league games...