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Bad news: Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says Virgil van Dijk is fit for Southampton visit

Former Saint Virgil van Dijk will return to St. Mary’s on the pitch Friday, overcoming his niggle against Tottenham

Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk is injury-free according to Jurgen Klopp and will face former club Southampton Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has confirmed Virgil van Dijk will be available for their visit to Southampton on Friday night. [H/T Sky Sports]

Former Saint van Dijk has looked magnificent at the back for his new club, but appeared to injure himself late on against Tottenham in Liverpool’s 2-1 Premier League win.

Van Dijk moved to Liverpool from Southampton last year for a club-record fee rumoured to be around £75 million.

Klopp appears to think he is worth every penny, while also saying he has improved as a player since moving to Merseyside.

”He has improved us and I think he has improved since he has been here. He is a different player from his time at Southampton. He was good there but with all the different games he has played now in the Champions League, that all helps you as a player.

”That’s what you expect when a player comes in, that he makes the whole team better. He is obviously a very good player and he makes players better around him.

”He is so important to us, not only as a player but as a person as well. I couldn’t say a bad word about him even if I wanted.

”For a centre-half, he is still young so hopefully there is more to come and he can stay healthy and everything will be fine.”