Southampton boss Pellegrino: Stephens stepping up thanks to Van Dijk sale

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Liverpool have officially named their starting side and substitutes to lock horns with Southampton in a Premier League clash at St Mary's this afternoon.

The Dutchman was jeered by the home support following his £75 million ($104 million) move to Anfield last month, but got his revenge by sending a toothless Saints side tumbling into the relegation zone, and claiming his first Premier League win since becoming the world's most expensive defender.

However, Salah reduced the Tottenham striker's lead at the top of the goal-scoring charts to one goal following his precise finish on the stroke of half-time after Firmino's world-class assist.

A win for Liverpool today will make Klopp the 45th different Premier League manager to record 50 wins.

Van Dijk epitomised exactly what Southampton now lack at the back and what Liverpool were looking for when signing him in order to strengthen a previously very weak and fragile area. "The only thing we can do is win our games, but it will stay tight until the end".




"We have got Maya Yoshida, we have got Wesley Hoedt, we have got Jack and we have got Jan Bednarek who is a young player".

Saints boss Mauricio Pellegrino, meanwhile, lambasted the attitude of his players during the second half as they failed to build on last week's triumph at fellow strugglers West Brom, meaning his side have won just once in 14 top-flight matches.

"In footballing moments we would've loved to do it [play] a bit better".

The pace that Liverpool have could cause a real issue for out back-line with Salah reeking havoc in the reverse fixture! "I think we deserved the three points, [we got a] clean sheet, no injuries - [it was] almost flawless".

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