Adam Lallana On Bench - Liverpool Team vs Southampton Confirmed

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Virgil van Dijk became the world's most expensive defender back in January after Liverpool splashed £75 million on the 26-year-old.

Liverpool's signing of Van Dijk was a huge high point, as the team's defence was causing Jurgen Klopp and their fans all sorts of nightmares, so when the Dutchman scored the victor in the Merseyside derby in the FA Cup third round he was an instant hero.

Liverpool goes into Sunday's game at St Mary's Stadium in fourth place in the Premier League, with Spurs having leapfrogged them with their 1-0 win against Arsenal at Wembley.

Southampton occasionally threatened Loris Karius in the Red's goal, and actually had chances to upset Van Dijk's new side, however they were unable to take their chances.

His pass to Salah was turned inside by the Egyptian for Firmino to apply the finishing touch for his 20th goal of the season.

"We will try to win the next game and until the end we will be there".

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Pierre-Emile Hojberg had the hosts' best chance for an instant reply when he fired too close to Karius at the back post. Guido Carrillo starts up top.

The home side were soon made to pay for those missed opportunities as Salah played a lovely one-two with Firmino, who backheeled the ball into his path, and stroked home his 22nd league goal of an outstanding season. Liverpool will provide a far sterner test. Mohamed Salah continued his fabulous debut campaign with two goals against Tottenham last time out.

But the former Saints captain will scarcely have had an easier 90 minutes at St. Mary's as Southampton failed to muster any danger after the break.

"We did what we wanted to do and knew the strength of Southampton".

'Our belief and confidence was very down and that was the worst part of the game, ' he said.