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Klopp happy with result but not performance after Southampton victory

Jurgen Klopp spoke candidly when asked about Liverpool’s performance in their 3-0 win over Southampton earlier today, at Anfield.

The German manager made three changes from the side that took to the field against PSG on Tuesday night. There was a first start of the season for Joel Matip, in place of Joe Gomez. Xherdan Shaqiri also made his full debut for Liverpool, replacing James Milner in midfield.

“The result is really cool and the performance could have been better,” Klopp told the BBC.

“The changes cost us as I changed the system. Xherdan Shaqiri was influential and Joel Matip was too, but our organisation was a problem.

“You could see that with the communication on the pitch, but we changed back to a system we are used to.

“Saints were not bad, they were really good, but maybe in the final third, they were not the biggest threat.

“A clean sheet is very important and staying concentrated in an intense period is difficult.

“Joel Matip was spot on and the full backs had outstanding work rate and I liked what I saw. What I didn’t like today was my fault.”

Klopp faces some more rotation decisions this week as Liverpool welcome Chelsea to Anfield in the League Cup before then travelling to play The Blues again, next Saturday, in the Premier League.

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