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Liverpool's Joel Matip insists teams must fear coming to play at Anfield

Stacy Diaz | 23 September, 2018, 15:53

Liverpool are now alone in first place in the Premier League, but can be joined by Chelsea if the Blues defeat West Ham on Sunday for their sixth straight league win to begin the season.

An own goal by Wesley Hoedt started the visitors' misery in the 10th minute as Xherdan Shaqiri's shot hit Shane Long before bouncing into the net off the Dutch defender and Joel Matip made it two with a header from a corner 11 minutes later. I wanted to control the game, go back to our normal formation.

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.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says the club "do not expect" Mohamed Salah to replicate his goalscoring form of last season - and joked his forward is facing "a crisis".

The only sour note for Liverpool was that Virgil van Dijk left the field with what looked to be a rib injury shortly after the break.

This is the third time that Liverpool have won six consecutive league fixtures to start a top-flight campaign, having also done so in 1978-79 and 1990-91.

"He tried everything. We only had problem in defensive [situations], offensive it was a good idea. But then we won the eighth game 5-0, very cool!"

That is set to change with the Carabao Cup visit of Chelsea on Wednesday, especially as the pair meet at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League next weekend. "In the week you saw with Gini Wijnaldum, good game but really hard, Hendo [Jordan Henderson] second game in a row, Milly [James Milner] came on and it was hard work for him too". This is the kind of game they would expect to win, but it's still pleasing to do so - especially in such emphatic style and especially coming off the back of playing in the Champions League in midweek. "It is better to win these games than draw them or lose them, but I am really sure we are mature enough to understand it in the right way".