Thursday, 22 February, 2018

Southampton vs. Liverpool: Virgil van Dijk returns to former club

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Elias Hubbard | 12 February, 2018, 01:20

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.

Salah set up the Brazilian for the opener just seven minutes in and the Egyptian winger grabbed his 22nd league goal of the season shortly before half-time thanks to a clever assist from Firmino.

Firmino then turned provider just before the break, returning the favour to Salah, who finished with aplomb to effectively end the chances of a home side who got progressively worse after the break.

Salah's role in the two goals should not be underestimated but Firmino's brilliance was timely given Liverpool legend John Aldridge's quotes earlier in the week.

Liverpool's signing of Van Dijk was a huge high point, as the team's defence was causing Jurgen Klopp and their fans all sorts of nightmares, so when the Dutchman scored the victor in the Merseyside derby in the FA Cup third round he was an instant hero.

J├╝rgen Klopp may choose to rest some of his star players ahead of Liverpool's Champions League match with Porto next week, but it will still be a strong side.

With a clean sheet and the satisfaction of closing the gap on second-placed Manchester United to just two points to boot, Liverpool fans have every right to be buzzing about the way things are going right about now.

"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".

"I enjoyed it a lot", Van Dijk said.

Having ended their 12-game winless run with victory at West Bromwich Albion last week, the Saints will be looking to secure back-to-back wins in the Premier League for the first time since April 2017.

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