Virgil van Dijk will be fit to face Southampton when the Reds travel to the South Coast on Friday, claims ESPN.

Liverpool beat Spurs 2-1 at Anfield in dramatic fashion on Sunday afternoon. The win took the Merseysiders back to the top of the table after Manchester City beat Fulham on Saturday.

Senior writer for ESPN Mark Ogden writes that sources have told ESPN that van Dijk is not seriously injured. The former Southampton defender was filmed with a bag of ice on his ankle.

He said after fulltime that he tweaked his ankle by challenging Moussa Sissoko for the ball.

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Having van Dijk fit for the rest of the season is absolutely crucial.

If Klopp had to turn to Dejan Lovren for any of the remaining fixtures, I would not feel confident at all. The Croatian is infamous for his tendency to make decisive errors in games.

 

Lovren’s lack of concentration at crucial moments is his biggest pitfall. There is no doubting the 29-year-old is a talented player but he’s simply not reliable. For a side that is looking to win silverware, he can’t be trusted.

With reports cropping up last week claiming that the likes of Roma, Napoli and AC Milan want to sign Lovren, fans will be made up if he leaves.

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Liverpool will be under pressure to get a result at St. Mary’s on Friday as Manchester City play earlier in the week.

With Pep Guardiola’s side likely to have three points on the board by the time the Reds play, there will be added pressure to get a result.

Of course, Liverpool should be able to get a result against Southampton even if Ralph Hasenhuttl has done a good job of boosting his players’ confidence in recent months.

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