Liverpool made history with their seventh consecutive victory to open the new season, the first time in their 126 year history. After their dramatic midweek win against PSG, the Reds beat Southampton 3-0 at Anfield.
Right from the start, Liverpool jumped on Southampton and made their day a misery. The gulf in class was evident all over the pitch, even with some minor squad rotation. The Reds dominated the Saints completely and thoroughly, cruising to an easy victory.
The match was all but dusted by halftime. Xherdan Shaqiri made the most of his first start, working almost as a trequartista to unlock Southampton’s defense. He forced the opening own goal with a threatening low cross and assisted Mo Salah’s goal by rattling a free kick off the crossbar, resulting in an easy tap-in for the Egyptian.
By the second half, Liverpool was content to control the match. Southampton shut up shop and was only interested in limiting the damage. It was the best of all outcomes for Liverpool as they prepare for a crucial stretch of fixtures over the next fortnight. Back-to-back matches with Chelsea, followed by a trip to Napoli, and then Manchester City arrive at Anfield before the next international break.
It is a testing run of matches but Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool version 3.0 continues to answer all questions asked of them. After seven wins, Reds are still on the march and should be looking forward to the next tests.
Here are four findings from today’s match.