Shaqiri: I can handle trip to Red Star Belgrade

McManaman: Liverpool squad ready to compete on two fronts

For a player supposedly mired in a goal drought, Mohamed Salah added to his perfectly respectable season tally again on Wednesday night by finding the net in Liverpool's 4-0 drubbing of Red Star Belgrade.

Red Star Belgrade, meanwhile, has just one point in Champions League play, with their last Group C match a 6-1 defeat against PSG.

That makes it six goals in 13 games for the former AS Roma forward and also took him to the milestone of 50 goals for the club.

That was the sort of chance Salah has missed plenty of in the early weeks of the season to spark concern that he will fail to match the standards set in an incredible 44-goal debut campaign at Anfield.

"It's good that we can maybe stop talking about that, that helps a little bit". "We controlled the game; then you need to score goals and see the game out professionally". It's an exceptional number, hopefully he can continue.

Coach Jurgen Klopp said he hoped that such talk would now end. "What's the next record he can reach?"

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.

A stance that has previously proven to be quite divisive amongst the Serbian fans (a country that fails to recognise Kosovan independence), Shaqiri famously marked a goal at the 2018 World Cup against Serbia with the 'double-headed eagle' celebration.

Jordan Henderson's days as an automatic starting choice in Liverpool's midfield look over although the England global offers brilliant options and cover while James Milner, at 32 and with 500 league appearances to his name, may be slightly relieved if he is no longer required to see quite so much action.

"I said before the game it was no problem that [he hasn't been playing], but I know for a player it's different". We have different runs, never the same routine, but that's it, we put more focus on it and that's all.

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