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Virgil van Dijk was the subject of some controversy during the close season following attempts by Liverpool to sign the player, the Reds ultimately feeling obliged to apologise to the Saints for ‘any misunderstanding’ regarding the approaches. Van Dijk did put in a transfer request but this came to nothing and the Dutch defender will look to demonstrate his abilities once again when the Saints head-to-head with Liverpool on Saturday afternoon at Anfield.

The former Celtic player demonstrated to Reds boss Jurgen Klopp what he and his team-mates were capable of when they denied Liverpool any goals in their four meetings in 2016/17 although the Dutchman only played a part in two of those matches.

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Southampton are now under the guidance of Mauricio Pellegrino and he has moulded them into a formidable outfit on the road this season with the Saints possessing the best defensive record in the Premier League as regards away games. Van Dijk will once again be marshalling the rearguard and one would expect them to put in another solid defensive display as they look to keep things tight against a Reds side which have been less than proficient in front of goal.

The bookmakers expect this to be a one-sided exchange in favour of the home side, however we expect it to be tighter than many believe and the value appears to be in a lack of goals at Anfield this weekend with under 2.5 total goals rather appealing at odds of 23/20 with Bet365 Free Bets.


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