Liverpool v Southampton: The Must-See Stats Ahead Of Anfield Clash

Elena Summers
September 22, 2018

Firmino overcame an abrasion of the eye to come off the substitutes' bench and score a dramatic stoppage-time victor in Liverpool's 3-2 victory in their Champions League opener on Tuesday night.

On the other hand, Southampton has managed 2 wins out of 6 matches so far, and they are going to have a tough challenge against Liverpool today.

Matip has his first goal of the season in his first start.

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

"Salah is ready to work for the team and it is normal that sometimes he doesn't score", Klopp said. He is still a threat, made fantastic situations in both our last games.

Klopp, whose side have begun the season in great style and are yet to drop a point after five Premier League matches despite Salah's lack of goals, admitted the Egyptian's superb record had raised expectations. He is in a good shape, actually, and then finishing is never something you can take for granted.

"I sent him a message on Monday saying, "Hey Bobby, come on, we need you". It's really no problem.

"I never do that and the players should never do that, only the supporters are allowed to do that!"

Jurgen Klopp has explained why he chose to hand Xherdan Shaqiri his first Liverpool start in Saturday's Premier League clash with Southampton at Anfield.

"Dejan is close. He looks really fit [and] did a lactate test last week so fitness-wise he is - for his situation - on a really OK level".

Southampton manager Mark Hughes says Liverpool "need" to win the Premier League title this season to continue growing as a club.

"You've all seen the "no look" goals so I think he doesn't need his eye to play".

"We are talking about having a £50m player at your disposal because he is potentially a world-class striker".

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