Southampton boss Pellegrino: Stephens stepping up thanks to Van Dijk sale

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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.

Watch as Jurgen Klopp discussed Liverpool's comfortable 2-0 win at Southampton, as his side move up to third in the Premier League table.

Their victory, coupled with United's shock defeat at Newcastle, cut the lead enjoyed by Mourinho's outfit over Liverpool to just two points, while defeat left Southampton rooted in the relegation mire, a point from safety.

And this is how things stayed for the remainder of the clash, with the Saints struggling to create clear-cut goalscoring opportunities over the course of the second-half, whereas Liverpool could easily have added to their goal tally through the likes of Salah, Firmino and Sadio Mane. They have only won three league matches on their own patch this season, and only one team in the Premier League has won fewer.

Firmino also contradicts any assumption that he is a South American who might not relish the rough and tumble of an English winter.

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Liverpool are keen to extend his stay at the club - his current contract runs out in 2020 - and, given his worth to Klopp and his teammates, the 26-year-old's status as an integral member of the Anfield squad should be recognised if a new deal is penned.

"Last season, little by little, Jack was playing more in the second part of the season and that is more or less the same now".

Southampton did soon begin to settle into the game, though, and Jack Stephens had their first shot on goal when he dragged a long-range effort wide of the target while looking to score for a fourth successive game.

Mane and substitute Adam Lallana had further opportunities in the final 15 minutes, though neither miss mattered a great deal as Liverpool clinched all three points with minimal fuss. "There is a lot to go for and we will try to carry on like today".

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