Liverpool made it six wins from six in the Premier League to remain top of the Premier League table.
With their rivals dropping points, the Reds took full advantage with an easy 3-0 victory over Southampton at Anfield. Jurgen Klopp opted to rest both James Milner and Joe Gomez with Milner’s replacement, Xherdan Shaqiri, creating the first goal – forcing Wesley Hoedt to send the ball into his own net. Next up was Gomez’s replacement, Joel Matip, who brilliantly headed home from a corner shortly after. The three points were wrapped up before half-time with Mohamed Salah tapping home after Shaqiri’s excellent free-kick crashed off the bar.
The result moves Liverpool two points clear of Manchester City, and Chelsea in the standings and the Reds are the only side to have a 100% record in the Premier League thus far. The fact that Klopp was able to leave the likes of Naby Keita and Fabinho on the bench for the win highlights Liverpool’s strength in depth and cements their title ambitions. Attention now turns to the Carabao Cup and Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea.
As well as focusing on their next fixtures, Klopp should also be evaluating potential January recruits who could give his side a welcome boost in the New Year. One man he should be watching is Ajax playmaker – Hakim Ziyech. Valued at £22.5m by Transfermarkt, the 25-year-old enjoyed a stunning campaign in the Eredivisie and was close to sealing a summer move to Roma but ultimately stayed put in Holland.
Ziyech netted nine goals and registered an incredible 17 assists last season, highlighting the creativity he would bring to the Liverpool midfield. The Morocco international could be the number ten Liverpool have been lacking since selling Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona back in January. Ziyech is also comfortable on the wing meaning he would provide vital cover to Sadio Mane on the left flank.
The Moroccan has already scored two and assisted two this season – Liverpool must attempt to secure his services in January.
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