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Klopp: Van Dijk no steal. Southampton should be happy with Liverpool's money for their players

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says Southampton should be happy with all the money they've paid for their players.

Virgil van Dijk returns to St Mary's this weekend for the first time since his £75m move to Liverpool.

Klopp smiled: “They have really good centre halves there so it was the perfect business if you want.

“It is nothing we think about. I don't think Southampton will say we have stolen him.

“It was a very public deal and the numbers, even when they are not 100 per cent right, are I think ok so maybe they are really happy and they say 'Thank you for all the money we have now' – or it could be the other way around.

Southampton were always really nice with Clyney, Adam Lallana they missed most, Dejan Lovren, Sadio Mane was ok and Virgil is the last one. I really understand that."

Klopp also insisted Liverpool will not be distracted from what is a huge game in their pursuit of a top four place.

“Is it nice? I don't think so. Will it have influence? I don't think so but we will see but we cannot make it too big and I don't make it too big.

“Yes it is quite special and I know that but that's all. We really think much more about the football game and what we have to do and not about how we can avoid different situations from outside because we don't have influence.

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

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