Pundits and columnists added pressure on Van Dijk's shoulders by stating that he would need to perform heroic feats for Liverpool to get value on their investment.
"Now their squad, which will sustain them during the season, looks really strong as well, that could be the difference this year".
Substitutes: Milner (6), Gomez (6), Keita (5).
The Egyptian's two goals have come from 23 shots in total, at a conversion rate of just 8.7%, some way below the 22.22% he managed last season with 32 goals from 144 shots. "But he is still a threat, has fantastic situations in both games and he is in good shape".
Some critics questioned his £12million signing from relegated Stoke in the summer but the Switzerland global marked his maiden start for the club with a hand in two first-half goals.
WORST PLAYER - Considering the manner of Liverpool's win, it's hard to pick out a poor performer, although Andrew Robertson didn't quite hit the heights fans have come to expect.
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It's just good to have him. "I said to Shaq at half-time that I'd never taken a player off at half-time after such an influential half".
While Trent Alexander-Arnold provided the assist for the second of the game, the Scot wasn't at his usual marauding best down the left hand side, but to say he had a bad game would be wide of the mark. Shaqiri was influential and Joel Matip was too, but our organisation was a problem.
Without Danny Ings, the Saints switched to a one-man front-line of Shane Long and as a result weren't able to break through a Liverpool defence that handed a first league start to towering centre-half Matip.
Southampton didn't have a shot on target until the 91st minute.
The Dutchman is effective in a multiple of roles and over the course of the game oscillates at times between box to box midfielder to a deep-lying midfielder.
WORST PLAYER - Although his central defensive partner conceded the own goal to start the scoring at Anfield and pushed him close for this unwanted tag, Jannik Vestergaard endured a torrid time against Liverpool.
So far this season, there's been no stopping Liverpool.
"Danny's Liverpool story didn't materialise as he ultimately would have hoped, but when he told us he was going to leave during the summer window and join Southampton it was always going to be a case of starting a new story and kicking on".