Van Dijk starts on Southampton return

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Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino reported no fresh injury problems ahead of Sunday's Premier League match against Liverpool.

The Reds opened the scoring after only seven minutes when Saints defender Wesley Hoedt let the ball bounce through to Mohamed Salah, who squared to Roberto Firmino to finish inside the box.

Jurgen Klopp's side will be looking to re-establish their third-placed spot in the table after Spurs' victory over Arsenal yesterday - and, despite the Porto tie in the mid-week, has gone full-strength with his team selection.

The defensive duo could both start at St Mary's later this afternoon as the Reds take on their former club Saints in the Premier League.

It was a sloppy start from the home side, and Liverpool nearly doubled their advantage shortly afterwards when Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain - one of five former Southampton players in the visitors' matchday squad including January arrival Virgil van Dijk - saw his deflected drive kept out by Alex McCarthy.

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Southampton responded well and exerted pressure on their visitors, with Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg forcing Karius into action from close range in the 18th minute.

Well John, Firmino has scored 20 goals with plenty of games still to play in the league and Europe.

That nearly came via record signing Guido Carrillo when he met a wicked delivery from James Ward-Prowse with a towering header, only to place his effort straight at Karius.

In the 57th minute, Ward-Prowse delivered a unsafe cross which Wesley Hoedt failed to divert goal ward.

"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".

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