Klopp preparing Van Dijk for frosty Southampton return

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"I will for sure talk to Virgil about it", he added.

"We are all human beings, we are influenced by circumstances". It won't be a normal game.

Jürgen Klopp has light-heartedly claimed that Liverpool should set up their scouting department in Southampton after admitting his admiration for how the Saints develop young players. Most of the time really positive, and then the end not that positive, probably, or with a very positive ending if you want to see it like this.

So these kinds of things matter only until they don't anymore, but for right now, at least, it seems that Firmino is happy to remain at Liverpool to continue working towards Klopp's vision of the club, which is a very good thing.

"They may say thank you for all the money they have". 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. Will it have an influence?

'I sleep twice before we play Southampton so maybe I'll change my mind so we will see'.

The sale of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona, and more pointedly, the lack of bringing a replacement to the club have left Liverpool in a similar situation.

"We have a good feeling, we have enough self-confidence and we are looking forward to the game".

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But Firmino says despite the speculation no offer has been presented to him.

"It is not to excuse it but, when we played football, we all did things we were not proud of and as long as no-one is seriously injured afterwards after a few days no-one will speak about it again".

"Our players must be focused and give to our supporters with good feeling, attitude and energy to try to be 100 per cent on the pitch".

However, while ruling Gomez out of the visit to Southampton, Klopp has suggested that the England global could be back in contention for the clash with Porto on Wednesday night.

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

Jurgen Klopp has faced Southampton on eight previous occasions and has won only two of those games, losing three and drawing three.

Southampton: McCarthy; Cedric, Stephens, Hoedt, Bertrand; Romeu, Lemina; Ward-Prowse, Tadic, Boufal; Carillo.

Van Dijk largely kept the Premier League's top scorer Harry Kane quiet until a frantic finale in which Spurs were awarded two controversial penalties - the second of which for a foul by Van Dijk on Erik Lamela in virtually the last action of the game. Maybe it's better that Lallana will miss out on this one considering the Southampton faithful have never quite forgiven him for making the move to Merseyside.

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