Joel Matip taking his chances and how Liverpool can “keep this flow” after 3-0 Southampton win

23 September 2018

Jordan Henderson and Joel Matip were among those to relish the many positives and look forward after Liverpool earned a 3-0 win over Southampton on Saturday.


The Reds’ victory never felt in doubt at Anfield, with all three goals scored in the first half and the match drifting by in serene fashion after the interval.

Wesley Hoedt’s own goal set Liverpool on their way, before Joel Matip‘s header and Mohamed Salah‘s tap-in completed the scoring.

The win takes Jurgen Klopp‘s men back to the top of the Premier League, for the time being at least, and they have recorded seven wins in a row to start their season for the first time in the club’s history.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, September 22, 2018: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp issues instructions to captain Jordan Henderson during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Southampton FC at Anfield. (Pic by Jon Super/Propaganda)

Speaking to LiverpoolFC.com, Henderson was in typically focussed mood, with the captain insisting Liverpool still have extra gears to find:

“We can always improve, definitely.

“We’re in a good moment—we’ve got a good rhythm, some good performances and good results—so of course we’re confident.

“But there’s still plenty of room for improvement, certainly after today. But, overall, we’re happy with the win.

“It’s tough against anyone in the Premier League. Southampton are a good team and when you let them play they can hurt you.

“At times they found some gaps and created some half-chances.

“It’s just about keeping going and keeping the performance level high.

“I thought the lads that came in did really well—that’s a big positive for us.”

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, September 22, 2018: Liverpool's Joel Matip scores the second goal during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Southampton FC at Anfield. (Pic by Jon Super/Propaganda)

Also speaking to the club’s official website was Matip, who didn’t always look comfortable but scored a peach of a header.

The Cameroonian was very honest about the current situation, praising Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez, and admitting he can still improve:

“They played the whole season well and there was no reason to change.

“I was injured and still needed some time to get in and to be on a good level, but I am on a good way and this was a good step.

“I still need some time but I am on a good way and we have a lot of games, a lot of players.

“So I hope that I can also play a few games more.”

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, September 22, 2018: Liverpool's xxxx during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Southampton FC at Anfield. (Pic by Jon Super/Propaganda)

A number of Reds squad members took to social media in the hours after the final whistle, with team unity and a historic seventh victory the main focus.

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??????? #XS23 #YNWA @liverpoolfc

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This team ??? #seven #YNWA

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Well done Boys?????

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Great team performance & result today ??? #LFC

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7 out of 7! Good all round performance today!! #YNWA

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Another important win! ?? #YNWA

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Gini Wijnaldum, however, took a more reflective view, stressing that Liverpool need to “keep this flow” as their remarkable form continues.

The Reds’ next clash comes in their third competition of the season, with Chelsea visiting Anfield in the third round of the League Cup on Wednesday.

It is likely that Klopp makes further changes in midweek, with both Matip and Xherdan Shaqiri among those hoping to keep their places, but the expectation will be the same.

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