Trent Alexander-Arnold hailed an ideal start to a busy period for Liverpool after he and his teammates earned a 3-0 win over Southampton on Saturday.

A first-half brace from Mohamed Salah and a further strike from Philippe Coutinho saw the Reds claiming a convincing victory over a side they failed to overcome in four meetings last term.

The next 43 days will see Jürgen Klopp's men contest a further 12 games - a run that culminates with a trip to face Burnley on New Year's Day.

And Trent was delighted with the outcome of the first of that tranche of fixtures, particularly given that the build-up was disrupted by the international break.

"I don’t think we could have asked for anything more today," he told "Three goals, a clean sheet and three points. 

"It’s been hard for us every time we have come back from internationals and twice the results haven’t gone our way but this time we hit the ground running. 

"We said before the game we have a good two months together now with no breaks and we’ve started well and are looking to push on this Christmas period. 

"The whole week before the West Ham game we got three really good results and we thought the international break might disrupt it but we came back and got three goals and a clean sheet and you can’t really ask for more."

Watch: Trent's tricks, tackles and terrific display against Southampton

The young Scouser also paid tribute to two-goal forward Salah, who took his tally for the club to 14 in downing the Saints.

"He’s a top quality player and we are very grateful and happy to have him on our team and not be playing against him," he added.

"He’s got everything in his locker to be fair and it’s very hard to stop him from doing what he wants to do. 

"He plays to his abilities, he does fantastically well and he adds a lot to this team."

Emre Can, James Milner and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain were forced to settle for cameos off the bench in the victory over Mauricio Pellegrino's team, while Adam Lallana was left out of the squad having only recently returned from injury.

And that strength in depth can only be a positive for Klopp and co in the coming weeks, Trent insists.

He said: "That’s what you want. You need that healthy competition to fight for places and that is how the best players are made. 

"That’s what is happening at the minute and everyone is learning every day because you are up against a top quality opponent in training no matter what. 

"We are on a bit of rhythm, and we go to Spain on Tuesday looking to get three points and edge closer to the round of 16 [in the Champions League]."