Gomez and fellow centre-back Joel Matip looked solid at the back after the Englishman came on in place of Van Dijk, which can only be a promising sign for the Reds.
Matip has his first goal of the season in his first start.
Relentless Liverpool march on.
However, Reds manager Jurgen Klopp expressed his confidence that the injury is unlikely to keep the influential Van Dijk on the sidelines for too long. “We still played football and that was a really big step in the season so far”, he added.
It was a routine victory in the end, with Southampton offering little by way of resistance to a Liverpool side who march on towards a testing set of fixtures against Chelsea.
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But the German praised Shaqiri’s impact at the club and said he would eventually get his chance.
The African forward was criticised for being wasteful in possession during Liverpool FC’s 3-2 win over PSG in the Champions League.
Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Xherdan Shaqiri galloped into the open field in front of them.
“He’s had an England free summer”, Holloway told the Liverpool-news-James-Milner-Naby-Keita-England-retirement” Daily ExpressLiverpool-news-James-Milner-Naby-Keita-England-retirement” .
The pocket rocket – stationed behind Mohamed Salah in a fresh 4-2-3-1 formation – had done exactly what was required of him; breaking down the blockade the visitors implemented and making life as uncomfortable as possible for his markers. Subs: Armstrong 5, Bednarek 5, Austin 5.
The Holland global was unlikely to play in the midweek Carabao Cup tie at home to Chelsea anyway so will have a whole week to recover before the Premier League encounter between the two sides at Stamford Bridge.
Opta point out that Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 23 Premier League games at Anfield (W15 D8), their best run in the competition since August 2009, and have kept a clean sheet in each of their last seven Premier League home games.
Silva was on target within minutes, looping a header in, and City wrapped it up with a superb goal, Gundogan and Sterling linking and the former bending a brilliant finish into the corner.