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Swansea City provided Liverpool with a real test as the Reds just about held on for a win. The Welsh side actually took the lead against the high scoring Merseyside club. Leroy Fer got the goal for the Swans after some poor defending in the Liverpool penalty box.

Liverpool came out a different side in the second half and absolutely hammered the Swans. Though the Reds were lucky to head into half time just trailing by one goal, it was Roberto Firmino who turned things around.

The Brazilian scored first from a cross by Jordan Henderson in the second half. Firmino then won Liverpool a penalty which was slotted in calmly by James Milner. Liverpool claimed their fourth Premier League win in a row but a lot of their players were below par.

We look back at the tough game and rate the Liverpool players.

Loris Karius – 6/10

The German goalkeeper made Simon Mignolet look like Manuel Neuer. Karius was poor throughout the game and was lucky to have conceded just one goal. He was flapping at crosses and it certainly is a worry as to how Liverpool will deal with two shaky goalkeepers.

Nathaniel Clyne – 7/10

One of the better players on the night. Clyne was partly responsible for the goal conceded by Liverpool but had a great outing in the second half. He could have done a lot better in the final third but still, it was a pretty good showing.

Dejan Lovren – 5/10

The Croatian had a poor game, especially in the first half. It seems the driving video has taken a toll on the Croatian but he did perform better in the second half.

Joel Matip – 6/10

The former Schalke man was no better than Lovren and had a mixed afternoon. The second half was better as Liverpool somehow did not concede late in the game.

James Milner – 7/10

Milner had a poor first half, just like the rest of the team but he bucked up in the second stanza. The Englishman scored the winning goal but was much better in defence also.

Jordan Henderson – 6/10

The Captain struggled initially but he did provide the cross for the first goal and was always willing to dictate play for the side.

Adam Lallana – NA

Barely got to do much in the game and was taken off in the first half.

Georginio Wijnaldum – 6/10

Wijnaldum again did well in the second half as his running and pressing caused the Swansea side a lot of problems. The Dutch midfielder should have done better in the first half but the entire team was poor.

Sadio Mane – 7/10

Probably the brightest Liverpool player this season, Mane struggled as well. Though his pace was a pain for the Swansea defence in the first half.

Philippe Coutinho – 7/10

The Brazilian was a little off colour and didn’t do all that well in the first half. He did come alive in the second half but the Reds would have wanted more from him.

Roberto Firmino – 7/10

The work rate of the Brazilian cannot be questioned and he kept on running in the game. He got the equaliser for the Reds and then got the winning penalty as well.

Substitutes:

Daniel Sturridge – 6/10

The English striker was brought to replace the injured Adam Lallana and looked a little out of sorts. Sturridge really didn’t feature much in the game, though he did get booked for a dive.

Divock Origi – NA

A late substitute in the game, Origi did make a couple of decent runs but had very little time to make a real impact.

Emre Can – NA

Can came on late in the game and didn’t really do much in the match apart from barging into the referee.

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Jurgen Klopp dispels injury concern after surprise substitution against Southampton

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Xherdan Shaqiri

Xherdan Shaqiri started for Liverpool in the clash against Southampton and was instrumental in our a 3-0 lead at half-time.

His shot was turned into the net by Wesley Hoedt for our first goal and his free-kick was slotted into an open net by Mohamed Salah for our third.

It was a little surprising that Jurgen Klopp decided to take the Swiss star off at half-time and replace him with James Milner.

Shaqiri was our most impressive attacker on Saturday as he played an advanced role behind our front three.

However, Milner came onto the pitch and we played with three central midfielders, something Klopp has used to great effect throughout his time at Liverpool.

The German spoke to the club’s official website as he explained he wanted more control in the game and that’s why he took Shaqiri off.

“I said to Shaq at half-time that I had never brought a player off after such an influential time without an injury. He is not injured. But I wanted to control the game and go back to our normal formation. And that helped, we really controlled it.”

The manager further added that it was not easy to make the change, given how influential Shaqiri was in the first half.

Klopp did explain the change to Shaq but playing the Swiss star had an impact on our defence and that was a problem for the manager.

“The only problem was defensively. Offensively, it was a good idea but, how I said, we have to work on that more often. But he was good and I liked it.”

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The 26-year-old had a fantastic game and it will be great to see him play more games if he can have the same sort of impact in the coming months.

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Stats prove this Liverpool star is back to his best after win against Southampton

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Mohamed Salah

Mohamed Salah scored in the 3-0 win over Southampton but he could have gotten a few more too. The Egyptian was unlucky that a goal was called offside and also had a brilliant backheel just going wide of the post.

The former AS Roma forward hasn’t looked as sharp as he did last season but Sky Sports shared some stats that prove otherwise.

The forward is still some way off matching his 32 goals from last season in the Premier League but now, he has three to his name.

What will come as a major relief, however, is that the 25-year-old is getting into the right places to score. The forward was brilliant but that little bit of luck was missing when it came to his finishing.

He did score our third goal against the Saints as he reacted to Xherdan Shaqiri’s free-kick and that just proves he is hungry as ever to get on the scoresheet.

Fortunately for Liverpool, we have goals coming in from other positions too. Joel Matip got one yesterday, while we have also seen James Milner, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Georginio Wijnaldum score multiple times this season.

Liverpool and the Egyptian haven’t looked as sharp as they did last season but that is a good sign for the coming months.

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The Reds are on top of the Premier League and once Salah starts banging the goals in, we should win games more comfortably.

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Stat proves Liverpool have made Anfield a fortress as Liverpool beat Southampton 3-0

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Liverpool made it seven wins a row in all competitions on Saturday after beating Southampton 3-0. The Reds were barely troubled by the Saints as an own goal from Wesley Hoedt opened the scoring for us.

Joel Matip got the second before Mohamed Salah finished the scoring in the first half to keep us at the top of the Premier League.

The win saw us register our fourth clean sheet of the season but also brought up another stat regarding our domination of teams at Anfield.

Liverpool didn’t lose a single Premier League game at home last season and have continued that form in this campaign too.

The only concern for us has to be the draws at Anfield. Last season, we dropped a number of points despite taking the lead in games.

Everton and Tottenham were a couple of teams that pulled off draws at our home but this season has a different feel for the Reds.

This is the first time we have won our opening seven games in the history of the club. And we should break a few more records along the way.

Our next clash is in the Carabao Cup against Chelsea at Anfield and it will be interesting to see how it goes against our title rivals.

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We face the Blues next weekend in a huge Premier League clash as well and hopefully, the Reds will come up with all three points at Stamford Bridge and continue our march.

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