Jurgen Klopp men are atop of the league table after six round of matches with 18 points, followed by the current champions Manchester City, who are tied with Chelsea with 16 points. Mignolet has not featured since the FA Cup third round last season.
But without much fanfare, whether intended or not, Liverpool still improved on the offensive end as Sturridge, who seemed to be back to full fitness, found himself back in the roster after returning from his loan spell.
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"It was the £13million summer signing's first start since moving from Stoke and the position was a little bit alien to him, but I thought he did really well".
Queue in the 2018-19 season and with Sturridge and Shaqiri joining the famed trio as bearers of bad news to opposing defences, Liverpool have become a battering ram of a squad. If Dominic Solanke isn't involved against his former club, meanwhile, he will wonder if he is ever going to get a game.
The Blues are two points adrift of Liverpool FC ahead of their meeting at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League next weekend.
The Netherlands captain sustained a knock to an already-bruised rib and was replaced by Joe Gomez. The win was important as the Merseyside team faces Chelsea, Manchester City and Napoli. "It is a really good group, a really strong football team".
Meanwhile, Liverpool remain the only club yet to drop any point in all competitions this season following their impressive victory over the Saints. A title race was considered as necessary.
By then, of course, either Liverpool or Chelsea will have gone out of one of them.