What Klopp Did For Shaqiri At Half-Time After Subbing Him Is Class

What Klopp Did For Shaqiri At Half-Time After Subbing Him Is Class

Making his first start since a £12 million summer move from Stoke, Shaqiri was involved in Liverpool's first and third goals, but was taken off at the break as the Anfield boss made a tactical change.

It was Shaqiri's shot that deflected in off Wesley Hoedt to open the scoring, with Salah tapping in the third from close range after a brilliant free-kick from the debutant struck the underside of the crossbar.

While a lot of eyes have been on Liverpool winning all five of their opening Premier League games, with the likes of Georginio Wijnaldum and Sadio Mane starring, Salah has been slightly under par.

"It was not easy, to be honest", said Klopp. "It's my job to sometimes deliver news nobody wants to hear". That's how it was at half-time but he is a fantastic boy.

"It's just good to have him". He tried everything, the only problem was defensive.

'At the end we take a little bit of confidence from the second half.

"I would have done the same if it had been 2-0". That was the plan.

Well there you have it, Klopp saw a problem and decided taking off Shaqiri was the best option.

"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.

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Klopp had dismissed talk of a Salah goalscoring crisis with the Egypt worldwide having drawn a blank in his last three games and the majority of Anfield was willing him to score every time he got in the penalty area.

"Yes, he lost the ball before we conceded the second (Paris Saint-Germain) goal but it was a very intense game and things like this happen constantly".

"It's a surprise, but all the performances we showed so far were good enough to win the games".

"All the different challenges with the different styles of the opponent, the boys were there".

"That's good, but the next one is coming".

With rotation expected in Liverpool's first meeting with Chelsea in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday, Van Dijk is likely to be rested in time for the trip to Stamford Bridge next Saturday. It will be tough, but for all of us.

STAR MAN - It was only a 45 minute display from Shaqiri on his first competitive start for Liverpool, but the Swiss worldwide certainly showed the fans, and Klopp, what he was capable of.

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

The Cameroonian also made more interceptions than any other Liverpool player (three) and won the most aerial duels of any player on the pitch (six).

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