Liverpool remain flawless with Southampton procession

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Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah netted his first league goal since August 25 as the Reds thrashed Southampton 3-0 on Saturday to leap-frog Chelsea at the top of the Premier League table and confirm their best start to a season.

Liverpool were in front after just 10 minutes through a Wesley Hoedt own goal before Joel Matip and Mohamed Salah added further goals.

The Saints could not get to the break for some respite as Shaqiri, who was surprisingly hooked at half time despite his contribution to two goals, whipped a 30-yard free kick against the crossbar, and Salah raced in to tap home the rebound from only a yard out.

Former top flight star Garth Crooks has admitted to being hugely impressed with the way Liverpool swatted aside Southampton at Anfield and believes the Reds can nearly score at will.

Jurgen Klopp's side claimed a 3-0 win at Anfield, with all three goals coming in the first half, and Hughes was frustrated by the manner in which Saints conceded the first two.

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.

"It's not cool, but should not be too serious".

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Salah's goal marks the 100th of the Reds attacking trio in the Premier League. "I didn't hear anything different". "It is completely normal there are times when an offensive player does not score".

"He had already before the PSG game a bruise in his ribs which is uncomfortable. he said he could not shout anymore, but he should be ok", Klopp said. You obviously want to start well at Anfield and that was a setback. The start was good for the team and also him as well.

"We're always giving ourselves a mountain to climb and it is hard on the best of days to come to a place like Anfield and make sure you've still got a foothold in the game".

"If we had been dominated in the game and poor for long periods, which was not the case, we would have been more concerned going up against an in-form Liverpool team".

"We were unfortunate with the opening goal, a ricochet off a couple of players and it ends up in the back of the net".

Liverpool's style of play has seen them earn mass praise, but the lingering sentiment is that a piece of silverware needs to be clinched if they are to make a clear statement of intent - a sentiment shared by Klopp.

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