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Pellegrino consigns Van Dijk to Southampton's past before Liverpool clash

Pellegrino consigns Van Dijk to Southampton's past before Liverpool clash

We need to settle a little bit'.

The Dutchman became the world's most expensive defender last month after sealing a much anticipated £75m switch to Anfield from Southampton.

Provisional Liverpool squad: Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson, Henderson, Can, Wijnaldum, Salah, Firmino, Mane, Mignolet, Matip, Klavan, Moreno, Milner, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lallana, Ings, Solanke.

"We are all human beings, we are influenced by circumstances. He wasn't happy about the reaction and I wasn't either", he said. "The way he plays, with his presence, I'd like to think he could grow into that role in another 12 months", Thompson, a former Liverpool captain himself and three-time European Cup victor, told Sky Sports. It will not be a normal game, how can it be?

"I think how football fans are they want to disturb everything we try to do to help their team and they will whistle". But I think our fans are really respectful with ex-players. I don't think so but we will see but we can not make it too big and I don't make it too big.

"Our problem wasn't defending, it was we stopped playing football in the second half".




Klopp will speak to Van Dijk and the other ex-Saints players about their focus but is confident they are well equipped to deal with it.

"Now it is two times a year - last season it was four times - that we play against Southampton", he added.

"Most of the players have been playing from their childhood because they love the game", the Southampton manager said.

"(There are) good players from this area - maybe we should have the scouting department directly in Southampton starting very early!"

We saw against Tottenham that the hulking defender is capable of improving those around him as well as making a difference on his own and until he felled Erik Lamela in the box in the 93rd minute of the game, he was faultless.


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