Solanke Out Of Liverpool, Southampton Fixture

Virginia Santiago
September 23, 2018

Liverpool set a new club record of seven consecutive wins at the start of a season as it cruised to a 3-0 win over Southampton on Saturday at Anfield.

The win sends Liverpool back to the top of the table, although Chelsea will able to leapfrog them should they win by two goals against West Ham on Sunday.

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.

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It is hard not to link that strength to the arrival of Virgil van Dijk in the January transfer window.

The Reds are coming off of their UEFA Champions League opening victory over Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday.

Defensive frailty was a major criticism of Liverpool last season, but the acquisition of Virgin van Dijk has helped steady the ship. That tackle ends up being for nothing as Matip rises highest from the resulting corner and guides a header into the far corner. Despite initial claims from the Swiss playmaker, his dead ball didn't cross the line and it was definitely Salah's goal.

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Liverpool vs Southampton one of many evening kickoffs in the Premier League on Saturday and the lineups for the fixture at Anfield are out.

Salah thought he had made it 4-0 in the 89th minute when he walked back onto the pitch and tapped home from close range, but the referee gave offside.

The visitors are lining up in a 3-5-2, with Nathan Redmond and Shane Long leading the line for the Saints.

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Liverpool have now won six games on the trot this season, with one win in the Champions League and five in the Premier League . The Reds took the lead after 30 minutes through Daniel Sturridge who started in the place of Roberto Firmino .

Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Xherdan Shaqiri galloped into the open field in front of them.

He made an instant impact with a spectacular overhead kick against Manchester United in MI but despite impressing in training, Shaqiri has been limited to just 27 minutes of Premier League action in four matches, plus a five-minute cameo in the Champions League.

Southampton didn't have a shot on target until the 91st minute. There were 11 after six league games...

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