Liverpool: This is the midfield we want to see against Southampton

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The Holland worldwide became the most expensive defender in history when he left the Saints in a £75million deal in January, becoming the sixth Saints player to move to Anfield since 2014, and can expect a hot reception when the Reds head to St Mary's on Sunday.

Virgil van Dijk is "a complete defender" and a £75 million addition that will provide value to Liverpool, says Joel Matip.

Arguably Jürgen Klopp's most influential player, the Brazilian has become a fan favourite at Anfield and supporters have been dreading what might happen if he were to get injured or leave the club since Philippe Coutinho left the club last month.

"Is it nice? I don't think so. I don't think so, we will see".

"Nobody asked me about him but he was a player I thought was one of the best in the Bundesliga so, when I saw that Liverpool had signed him, I thought: 'How could Liverpool do this?'" But the more I play, the more I train, the more I feel comfortable acting as an attacker and things are happening in a positive way for me and the team.

The Reds are playing very attractive football, scoring goals on a regular basis.

The Dutchman is set to be get a hostile reception by the home supporters at St Mary's on Sunday on his first appearance against his former club following a £75m switch to the Reds in January. However, Klopp appears to have sufficient faith in the 26-year-old to handle the intimidation that any advice he passes on will be brief.

"Yes I will for sure talk to Virgil about it", the manager told his club's official website.

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"I know they are struggling and we need to win".

Overall, the Reds have lost just once in their last 17 league games, and we don't expect them to lose this game. It will not be a normal game for him. They'll want to disturb everything that we will try to do to help their team. Will it have influence? "And all this support makes me even more willing to conquer great things wearing Liverpool's shirt".

"I prefer our fans to be supportive of our players, to be behind us".

'He was already a few times back and it was a little bit early so we will not rush but he is an option for the squad if he is not an option for the first XI'.

Lallana has endured a season decimated by injuries and his frustrations boiled over after he was on the end of a number of heavy challenges.

On speculation linking him with a move away from Anfield, Firmino was keen to add: "In every transfer window we hear a lot of speculation, but nothing concrete has come to me until now".

"He has all the football tools, he is getting better and better".