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Xherdhan Shaqiri starred for the 1990 league champions

Xherdhan Shaqiri starred for the 1990 league champions

Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah netted his first league goal since August 25 as the Reds thrashed Southampton 3-0 on Saturday to leap-frog Chelsea at the top of the Premier League table and confirm their best start to a season.

The Switzerland worldwide served up a first Liverpool start heaped with boldness and effectiveness to help his side construct a 3-0 advantage against Southampton by half-time, empowering Jurgen Klopp to replace him at the interval and control proceedings.

It didn't take long for Shaqiri to make his mark in a Reds shirt, creating Liverpool's opener which deflected off Wesley Hoedt and hitting the bar from 35 yards out for Salah to capitalise and tap in from close-range.

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The Reds star has been criticised in recent weeks for his perceived selfishness on the ball despite Liverpool FC's 100 per cent start to the season.

"On the defensive side, the past two games he was outstanding, perfect", he added.

"Of course, of course everyone expects that [he matches last season's form]", Klopp said at a news conference on Friday.

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"No one remembers that, it is really no problem".

When asked if people were expecting the same from Salah as last season, the German boss said: "Of course everyone expects that, that is clear".

"At either end of the half as well, you want to get into half-time without conceding and, unfortunately, we conceded two easy goals from opportunities that could have been avoided in terms of what we were trying to do". The start was good for the team and also him as well. "It is completely normal there are times when an offensive player does not score".

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"I thought 3-0 was harsh".

'Gary McAllister was the assistant to Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool and I told him I hope you're going to come and take Virgil but Brendand didn't fancy him and didn't think he was better than what he already had.

More impressive, it's another cleansheet for the team. "He always felt he was a top-six player, he's a good guy that'll do very well here".

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