Liverpool fan in tears after Mohamed Salah hands him his jersey

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The defender was preferred to partner Virgil van Dijk from the start in Saturday's 3-0 victory over Southampton, where he was also among the goals.

"I'm really, really happy about how we played the game today, because it was clear it was a really hard game, we knew that form the last few games when we played Southampton, but today we were in a really good mood", Klopp said.

Sadio Mane's clever pass inside the full-back saw Shaqiri cut inside Cedric Soares and take a shot, which deflected off Shane Long and cannoned over the line via the helpless Hoedt.

It worked spetacularly, Shaqiri forcing an early own goal, Matip scoring from a header after brilliant Salah worked forced a corner and then the third on half-time.

But in a unusual move, Klopp elected to bring James Milner on for Shaqiri and the winger did not appear for the second 45 minutes.

"I said to Shaq at half time that I'd never taken a player off at half time after such an influential half", Klopp said.

"It was not easy, to be honest".

Matip did have a few moments where he completely missed the ball and nearly set Shane Long through on goal but his goal and defensive contributions earned him a spot on Garth Crooks' BBC Team of the Week. Usually, I don't, but here it made sense.

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Pogba's penalty certainly is one to watch and it is an interesting technique. I don't see him having improved at all since the day he arrived.

"The boys are really smart, they know we need Mo in a good moment - it is a really good group, they want to support each other if they can", said the Liverpool manager.

"I explained it to him so it's no problem".

A reality check to their Premier League ambitions, then, but better news for the Hammers, who got their first points under Manuel Pellegrini last week and look a far better team with their remodelled midfield.

Former Premier League star Chris Sutton has insisted that Manchester United are nowhere close to the levels that Liverpool and Manchester City are at now.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admits it was not easy to take off Xherdan Shaqiri at half-time after the Switzerland global had played such a pivotal role in the 3-0 win over Southampton at Anfield.

"Wolves, by the way they faced the game, I think they deserve it".

"Football is (about) mentality, to fight, to be available to always try to give your best and today the spirit was fantastic", said Pochettino.

"But the most important thing is the win - I'm sure he'd tell you the same".

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