What Virgil van Dijk said after returning to Southampton for the first time since £75m transfer

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Liverpool beat Southampton 2-0 to move within two points of second-placed Manchester United and new signing Virgil van Dijk reflected on the victory.

Goals from Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah, as well as superb saves from Loris Karius, made the result safe for a traveling Liverpool side.

The German goalkeeper was fabulous, showing supporters and pundits what a run of games could do for his confidence and ability to win points for the Merseyside outfit.

As much as others might have pulled focus with standout performances, Virgil van Dijk was one to watch as he made his return to Southampton after moving to Liverpool in the winter transfer window for a record fee for a defender of £75 million.

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Speaking to the club’s official website, van Dijk reflected on a strange return to familiar surroundings and his pleasure at Liverpool getting three points.

“It was a bit strange to come back here and do everything the other way round, coming into the away dressing room,” the Dutchman told Liverpoolfc.com.

“But I enjoyed it; we kept a clean sheet and scored good goals. We should have scored more.

“I’m just happy to get a win. It’s always difficult to come here – I know how difficult Southampton can make it. I had a good day.

“Now we’re fully focused on the Champions League.”

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Not only have Liverpool leapfrogged Spurs to go back into third place, the Reds are two points closer to Manchester United in second place after Rafa Benitez’ Newcastle beat them 1-0 earlier in the day.

“I didn’t know,” said van Dijk. “But it’s obviously good for us.”

With Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino scoring the goals for the visitors, van Dijk commented on the second scored by the former and his happiness at being tight as a unit.

“It was fantastic, a great assist from Bobby. You enjoy those situations,” added the no.4.

“As a defence and the holding midfielders – and everyone in the team – you just need to be 100 per cent focused and not concede. Today it went well.”

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Michael Mongie
Just like you, I am a hugely passionate Liverpool supporter. I started Rousing the Kop in January 2015 and since then it has grown tremendously and has even been nominated as 'Best New Football Blog' in the Football Blogging Awards.

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