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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp never misses a chance to pick out a talented player, be it in a Liverpool shirt or from the opponent team playing against us. It is no surprise then that the German tactician has showered praise on Brighton and Hove Albion midfielder, Pascal Gross.

German midfielder Pascal Gross made the move to Brighton in the summer from Bundesliga side Ingolstadt in the summer and at that time itself, it was hailed as a visionary move.

H has the ability to slot in both as a passer and a scorer, and Gross has justified the faith in his abilities. The midfielder has notched up 3 goals and 5 assists already in 15 Premier League appearances, making him one of the standout players of the season.

The £2.7million signing is already being viewed as a bargain signing for the Seagulls who are looking impressive this season. That has the player earn a number of admirers and joining that list is our own Klopp.

The former Borussia Dortmund boss seems to have admired his fellow countryman in the buildup to his side’s 5-1 demolition of Albion on Saturday. While the midfielder has been deployed in deep positions, Klopp spoke very highly about Gross’ abilities.

He was quoted by Brighton and Hove Independent as saying:

“He’s been really good. A smart signing, really good. I have known him since he was a kid, he is a fantastic player that has made another big step physical wise. “He has a nice right foot, is good at set-pieces and a nice shooter. He is a smart player and I like him.”

The 26-year-old’s form may be a surprise for some of the Brighton fans but for Klopp and anyone following the Bundesliga action, it would not be anything new. Despite Ingolstadt’s relegation from the Bundesliga last term, Gross created more chances than any other player in the top flight. That apart, he scored 4 goals, which highlight his potential in that area as well.

One thing he would certainly enjoy is Klopp’s admiration. The German tactician’s eye for talent is well-known and I think this should be taken more seriously than any other. I feel Gross can make the cut at Liverpool, although it is better to see if he finishes the season at Brighton on a high.

If he does, then it won’t be a surprise if Klopp goes with a bid for his services.

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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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