Jurgen Klopp prepares Virgil van Dijk for Southampton return

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"It is obviously quite special and yes, for sure, I will talk to Virgil about it".

Southampton reported an illegal approach with Van Dijk having spoken to Liverpool before a bid had been accepted by his club, forcing an embarrassing public apology in which Liverpool insisted they had "ended any interest in the player". "It will be more normal in the future but now we have to go there and play football and nothing else".

"Joe Gomez has the potential to be a top defender but Lovren, Joel Matip and Ragnar Klavan don't look up to it".

"There is nothing good to say about the reaction but as a former footballer when I saw the other challenge then to be honest I understand a little bit".

I don't think Klopp will spring any surprises in the final third so expect to see Roberto Firmino once again leading the line up front with Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane in support.

Lallana is one of six Liverpool players signed from Southampton since 2014, with a seventh ex-Saint, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, recruited via Arsenal, a statistic Klopp admitted gives an extra dimension to the game at St Mary's.

"They are growing, they are a professional and then suddenly we are talking about £50m, £70m, £100m - they are part of the game, but not involved in the huge business behind the game". It's not nice, I spoke to him about that of course - that's not how it should be and he's not happy about it.

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"But he did well in our club and he left some profit to the club".

Considering the number of goals Liverpool have conceded so far, they will need Van Dijk at his very best already this season, especially in their Champions League duel with Porto.

"But we are in a good situation to try and play against them".

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Van Dijk wanted to quit Saints in the summer but was forced to stay after the club refused to sell.

"It won't be a friendly game, they fight for everything, we fight for everything".

"When we played football, we all did a few things we weren't proud of".

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