Klopp reveals how he's prepared Van Dijk for Saints return

Tricia Pearson
February 11, 2018

However, hopes he would provide an instant fix to the holes in Jurgen Klopp's defence were shattered in back-to-back shock defeats to Swansea and West Brom.

Liverpool are approaching the most critical part of their season, with the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie against Porto on the horizon.

Jurgen Klopp's side were held to a dramatic 2-2 draw against Tottenham Hotspur last time out, with Harry Kane scoring the equaliser from the penalty spot with virtually the last kick of the game. However, we are going for a 2-1 Liverpool win as our prediction in this game.

"I don't think it was too early when we did it, but it happened twice so we need to settle a little and then use Adam". It depends on all the other players.

Subs: Simon Mignolet, James Milner, Dejan Lovren, Alberto Moreno, Danny Ings, Georginio Wijnaldum, Adam Lallana. "In a normal situation it is no problem but in this specific situation after injury it would not be flawless".

Virgil Van Dijk insists criticism of his start to life as the world's most expensive defender will not affect his preparations for a frosty reception on his return to Southampton with Liverpool on Sunday.

Liverpool were forced to abandon their original pursuit of the Dutch global last summer and publicly apologise for an alleged illegal approach.

Manager Mauricio Pellegrino played 13 games for Liverpool in 2005 and was first-team coach at the club under Rafa Benitez between 2008-10.

Joe Gomez
GETTYJoe Gomez will not feature against Southampton on Sunday

The drawn-out nature of the transfer was criticised by the Southampton's hierarchy and fans alike.

Today in his pre-match press conference, the under-fire 46-year-old revealed that his squad is almost at full strength will no new worries.

"For sure, I will talk to Virgil about it", Klopp said.

"We now have more players at centre-back, so we can change if somebody is not in the best shape and there is no loss of quality". He'll just have to absorb it, especially this weekend when he faces the wrath of Southampton supporters still unhappy with Van Dijk's actions in his final months at St. Mary's Stadium. "The club is definitely different", Klopp explained.

"That's how it works when you come in the middle of the season". For all the talk of Liverpool's defensive weakness, they have only leaked seven goals in their last eight Premier League away matches.

"That is normal and a lot of people thought: 'Hoffenheim, where is this?"

"Nobody asked me about him but he was a player I thought was one of the best in the Bundesliga so, when I saw that Liverpool had signed him, I thought: 'How could Liverpool do this?' He is good and already he will be much better".

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