Klopp backs Fabinho to solve midfield crisis

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But some fans were concerned by Salah's minimal celebrations after each of his goals but Klopp is adamant that the forward is happy. "It was just a good game, a good football game and they could finish the situations because we had the right movements in the right moment".

The Brazil midfielder was at his combative best as the Reds went top of Group C thanks to goals from Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane either side of a Mohamed Salah brace.

"You should not think about it, you should not constantly think about how can I score again?"

"The Champions League is not necessarily a hard campaign until the latter stages in April or May when it gets a little bit full on, but in these early group stages I don't think it's a problem at all". It's an exceptional number, hopefully he can continue. "The most important thing is to win as a team and it was brilliant from everyone".

Swiss worldwide Shaqiri, a close-season signing from relegated Stoke City, was seen by many as a squad player but he is showing the kind of creativity allied with work-rate that could earn him more playing time than expected.

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Jurgen Klopp praised Fabinho for responding to the "birthday present" of being selected in his favourite position with a fine display against Red Star Belgrade.

Klopp, asked if he was considering whether or not to take Shaqiri to the Serbian capital, said: "So far, I didn't think about it, to be honest". Very aggressive, everything was there.

Liverpool are capable of mounting serious challenges in both the Premier League and Champions League this season, claims Steve McManaman, after the Reds' summer of savvy recruitment saw them bolster an already-impressive squad.

"We know how to play with each other and know our qualities", he added of his combination with Firmino and Mane refinding its spark.

Salah's opener was a well-taken finish on his right-foot, while his second strike propelled his Liverpool goal tally to the landmark 50, and in the process smashed a long-standing post-war club record, as he became the quickest Reds player to ever reach the milestone - 65 games to be precise. "That was the start, so let's carry on".

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