Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp plays down Virgil van Dijk injury

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Klopp started with a 4-2-3-1 featuring Shaqiri in a number 10 role and the switch worked well, as the Swiss star's cross resulted in an own goal by Wesley Hoedt, before Mo Salah tapped in the third after his free-kick bounced down off the crossbar.

Shaqiri was pivotal in Liverpool's first and third goals at Anfield on Saturday but was unable to build on his first-ever start for the club, having been withdrawn for James Milner at the break.

The German boss said: "He already had a bruise in the ribs before the PSG game, which is very uncomfortable and he got another hit there".

"It's not cool, but should not be too serious".

"It's a surprise, but all the performances we showed so far were good enough to win the games". I wanted to control the game, go back to our normal formation.

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The Switzerland worldwide was handed his first start in a Liverpool shirt in the 3-0 win over Southampton, and despite being heavily involved in the first half, was surprisingly hauled off at half-time, with the natural belief among supporters being that he had picked up an injury.

Now, pundit Jermaine Jenas has told BBC Match of the Day (22/09) that he thinks Shaqiri should be "fuming" after being substituted at half time, as he played so well in the first half, and anxious about what impact being hooked will have on the Swiss star moving forward.

"That's how it was at half time, but he's a fantastic boy so there was no problem". He wasn't injured, ' Klopp explained. The start was good for the team and also him as well. He was always a target to pass back to and was still involved in the defensive organization as you could see him communicating with the back line frequently. Different challenges, different styles of opponent, the boys were there, really in the situation and in the game. He said he could not shout more-which is 60 percent less!

The Reds have now scored each of the past 23 league goals recorded at Anfield.

With Chelsea and City to come in their next two league games and a Champions League visit to Napoli in between, Liverpool understandably took their foot off the gas in the second-half.

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