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Klopp preparing Van Dijk for frosty Southampton return

11 February, 2018, 04:59 | Author: Carla Brady
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It will be a hard task, however, as the Reds have won just one of the last six meetings against Southampton, but they'll gain confidence from the fact that this win came in the most recent clash, in which they triumphed by three goals to nil at Anfield in November.

He'll be hoping to get one over on his old side on Sunday as the Reds visit Southampton.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists they did not "steal" Virgil van Dijk from Southampton and the south-coast club should be happy with the world-record fee they received.

"It is not the most lucky season and of course there is a kind of frustration in him", said the Reds boss.

"We are all human beings, we influenced by circumstances".

Firmino's ability to hold up the ball and subtly drift into space has given new signing Mohammed Salah to burst forward and notch 29 goals for the Reds in all competitions since his arrival, while Sadio Mane, Liverpool's player of the year last year, also benefits greatly from the Brazilian's guile and positional nous. It was a special story for him most of the time, really positive, and then not that positive at the end.

Van Dijk's fellow centre-half told reporters on his new team-mate: "He is a great person". They still have really good players there so for them it was ideal business, if you want.

'I think how football fans are, they want to disturb everything we try to do to help their team and they will whistle. Will it have an influence?




Finally on a possible departure from the club anytime soon, the striker said: "In every transfer window we hear a lot of speculation, but nothing concrete has come to me up to now". Unfortunately, the exit has been confirmed and we have to move on without him.

"He did well in our club and he left some profit to the club. We defended very well, had two penalties against us with a lot of question marks around them, but no one is going to talk about that", added Van Dijk.

"He is in good shape, really quick, he looks fresh and looks good and you think 'What can we do with him?' but we did it twice now". It will be more normal in the future, but now we have to go there and play football.

´╗┐With Liverpool expected to retain the majority of possession this weekend, Carrillo can provide a good outlet who will ably compete for balls played from the wings by the wide players.

He's had a brilliant season with the club, and Klopp is eager to heap praise on the feisty, clever attacker whom he's trusted to lead the line.

Joe Gomez is up and running, but not with the first team in training yet.

The right-back is not yet ready to return but Alberto Moreno and Ragnar Klavan are both in the squad.

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