Liverpool team news: Van Dijk starts on Southampton return

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The world's most expensive defender faces his former club for the first time since his January transfer

Virgil van Dijk partners Joel Matip in the heart of Liverpool’s defence on his return to Southampton on Sunday afternoon.

The centre-back turned out 80 times for the St Mary's side before his £75 million transfer to the Reds last month.

Fellow former Saint Dejan Lovren switches to the bench in one of three changes from Jurgen Klopp.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Gini Wijnaldum, both substitutes in last week's 2-2 draw at Tottenham Hotspur, replace Jordan Henderson and James Milner in midfield.

The captain’s workload is being managed, having recently returned from a month out with an injury, while the vice-skipper is named in reserve.

Emre Can, as the longest-serving player in the XI, will wear the armband at St Mary’s as Liverpool look to regain third place.

Adam Lallana, who played 265 times for Saints, is on the bench after nursing a muscle issue. He last featured in the 1-0 defeat at Swansea City on January 22.

Hosts Southampton have made just one change to the starting XI that won 3-2 at West Bromwich Albion last week, with Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg replacing Sofiane Boufal in midfield.

Liverpool starting XI: Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson, Can, Wijnaldum, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Salah, Mane, Firmino

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Liverpool subs: Mignolet, Lovren, Moreno, Milner, Lallana, Ings, Solanke.

Southampton XI: McCarthy, Cedric, Stephens, Hoedt, Bertrand, Romeu, Lemina, Hojbjerg, Ward-Prowse, Tadic, Carillo.

Southampton subs: Forster, Yoshida, Davis, Boufal, Redmond, Long, Gabbiadini.

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