Clean Bill Of Health For Pellegrino
Manager Mauricio Pellegrino has admitted Southampton basically have a clean bill of health ahead of this weekend's clash with Liverpool.
Hosting Jurgen Klopp's side at St Mary's on Sunday the only player guaranteed to miss the tie is Charlie Austin, otherwise the Argentine has a full set to choose from as we look to take all three points and make Virgil van Dijk's return a nightmare.
Speaking to saintsfc as he met with the media to preview the game, the gaffer explained.
'We have nothing to report in terms of injuries which is good but we will wait until tomorrow. There is just Charlie at the moment who is outside of the squad but the rest of the team are ready.'
Sky Sports have Pellegrino addressing the van Dijk issue and the welcome he can expect back at St Mary's.
'It's difficult because there's no truth about one situation, one person could be grateful with him Van Dijk, one person can say 'boo'. But it's not about 'OK this is the fact''. Every single person has got an opinion about everybody and we have to respect that. But I think our fans are really respectful with ex-players. I think I prefer that our fans are focused on supporting our players and getting behind us. Our players have to be focusing on trying to give to our supporters good feeling, good attitude, with energy to try to be 100% on the pitch.'
There's a number of fans who will disagree with the sentiment of his next quote as he suggest we should be grateful to van Dijk for his service and the money we recouped on him, and I struggle with that even though I get where he's coming from.
'I think we have to be grateful with him and now we just have to think about Virgil as part of the past but he did well in our club and he leaves some profit to the club. We have to be focused on our game and what we have to do and obviously we play against one of the best teams in the Premier League, in my point of view, they are in the Champions League, they are a really really strong side.'