Liverpool's Roberto Firmino sees long-term future at Anfield

Van Dijk scored on his Liverpool debut in an FA Cup victory against fierce rivals Everton but he is yet to taste victory in the Premier League with his new side. He looked sluggish in possession at times but his positioning was sound and he was dominant in the air, immediately demonstrating the kind of leadership Liverpool had been searching for.

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.

The South Coast side have done well against the Reds in the recent years and following their 3-2 win at West Bromwich Albion last weekend, they must be up for this game.

Just as Juergen Klopp warned barely a month into the season.

His current contract expires in 2020, and he had this to say about the transfer speculation that has come up around him: "In every transfer window we hear a lot of speculation, but nothing concrete has come to me until now". "It's not about this".

With little to lose and a motivation to beat the side who their former captain chose over them, Southampton are likely to provide a sterner test than many expect. What Klopp can be criticized for, though, is not fixing the problem.

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Klopp has a full fit midfield to choose from right now but he needs Lallana back in form as he's perhaps the best in terms of providing the creativity.

Klopp doesn't have a dedicated holding midfielder, with Jordan Henderson, Emre Can, James Milner, Georginio Wijnaldum and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain now being rotated as the midfield three. He is happy so he doesn't care about getting more credit or recognition. We can laugh together - he is good for the team and with his quality he will help the team. Klopp may need an out-and-out anchorman. However, Liverpool have won only two of their last eight encounters with the Saints and have recently lost to two other relegation candidates.

"Virgil is the last one". If he is an option for the first XI, I would rather think not in the moment. Wanyama's strike was sensational but he shouldn't have got the ball in the first place.

However, Van Dijk insists he will have no sympathy for his former employers on Sunday.

Klopp admits Van Dijk is still adjusting to life at Anfield and believes the best is yet to come from him.

Firmino said: "Liverpool are one of the greats in Europe and being able to be part of the history of such a great club is gratifying to me". He's in good shape and looks fresh but he has been injured twice now.

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