Klopp on Potential Lallana Return, Provides Update on Injured Defensive Trio

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Klopp admitted he will speak to Van Dijk about maintaining his concentration at St. Mary's, but expects him to rise above the baiting.

Southampton reported an illegal approach with Van Dijk having spoken to Liverpool before a bid had been accepted by his club, forcing an embarrassing public apology in which Liverpool insisted they had "ended any interest in the player".

The 26-year-old remained with Southampton until the transfer window opened again this year although signalled his intentions to leave the south coast club.

"I would think not in the moment, but maybe I can sleep twice before we play Southampton so maybe I will change my mind on this", explained Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp. "With other players I didn't talk about it but for him yes, of course", said Klopp. "There are still, I don't know, hopefully 18, 19, 20 games to go for us and that's enough for him". We are all human beings.

"We will be playing against one of the best teams in the Premier League, they are are a really strong side and so we will have to do lots of things very well".

"I prefer our fans to be supportive of our (current) players, to be behind us".

"I think how football fans are, they want to disturb everything we try to do to help their team and they will whistle". I don't think so. I don't think so, we'll see.

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"We have to accept it how it is: loud, not nice maybe, but still we have to play football".

Klopp also complimented the Southampton club for the work they do in nurturing players who have since gone on to join Liverpool.

However, in his latest outing, Van Dijk was involved in a controversial last-minute penalty collision with Erik Lamela that cost the Reds two points as Harry Kane scored a penalty to rescue Spurs a point against their top-four rivals in a thrilling 2-2 stalemate.

Luckily the midfielder's ban doesn't count in Premier League games so Lallana could be in the squad on Sunday but I think he'll be named among the substitutes.

"They may say thank you for all the money they have".

Klopp added: "He is in a good shape, really quick, he looks fresh and good and we think 'What can we do with him" but it has happened twice so we need to settle a little bit and use him still as there are 18/19/20 games to go. We'd only have two left - not too cool!

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