Liverpool on Saturday became the only team in the Premier League to win all of their games so far, as Chelsea succumbed to a goalless draw against West Ham United. The Saints came to Anfield looking to end the Reds unbeaten run just after they managed to beat Paris Saint German in the Champions League. But Liverpool yet again produced a comfortable display to beat Southampton 3 – 0, looking close to their best but, they are definitely not there yet. But what this game also saw was Jurgen Klopp experimenting with a 4-2-3-1 formation with Shaqiri playing just behind the highly rated front three. Nobody expected Jurgen Klopp to make the changes he made, with Shaqiri playing as the number 10 and Joel Matip taking the place of Joe Gomez, which was the most surprising change of the matchday.
But what their performance showed is the immense squad depth that this Liverpool squad has and the big role they will play in the future. Joel Matip scored the second goal of the game and Shaqiri was instrumental in two, one with an outstanding free kick that came of the post and Mo Salah finished by belting the ball into the net another through a corner which Matip headed in. Apart from this he also played a major role in the first goal that was own goal. Shaqiri was taken off at half-ftime but this was a tactical change by Jurgen Klopp as he said that there were too many openings at the back.
WHAT a performance from this guy. 👊
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) September 22, 2018
This was mainly because Jordan Henderson wasn’t able to cope with a two-man midfield, one that would be perfect for the likes of Fabinho and Keita. Klopp will be seen using more of this formation once his players get comfortable playing this way, but it’s always great to know that a team has something different in their armory. This win leaves Liverpool at the top of the table as they look to see off this intensive period of games, winning two of them against PSG and Tottenham, with Chelsea, Napoli and Manchester City left to be played.