Current Liverpool side better than 2005 CL winners, says Carragher

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Klopp says he is considering including Lallana in the squad for Sunday's trip to his former club Southampton but will not press the 29-year-old back into service too early.

"I don't know exactly, but it will not be the most friendly", Klopp said of Van Dijk's return to Southampton at a news conference on Friday.

"We have to be grateful with him, and now we have to think Virgil is part of the past, " the Argentine said. He looked sluggish in possession at times but his positioning was sound and he was dominant in the air, immediately demonstrating the kind of leadership Liverpool had been searching for.

It got overlooked that Karius was at fault for Tottenham's first goal, when he punched the ball out to Victor Wanyama at the edge of the area rather than catch a cross from the left.

"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 that would make too much sense, but if we have to do it then we have to do it. It depends on all the other players. So far this season, he's scored 19 goals and notched 10 assists in all competitions, and you wouldn't bet against him adding to that total before the season is up.

Van Dijk faced more scrutiny for giving away the equalizing penalty deep in injury time, marring an otherwise good performance from the center back.

The England international missed the opening four months of the campaign with a thigh injury sustained in pre-season and eventually made his first appearance on November 25. The Leipzig starlet is a box-to-box midfielder who is known for his explosive runs and long-range piledrivers.

And he was quick to dispel any lingering doubts about his commitment to the club, following the departure of compatriot and close friend Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona in the summer.

Both teams are in need of the points at different ends of the table.

The reality is Lovren will never be a constant member of a stable Reds back four.

Jurgen Klopp doesn't particularly hold a comprehensive record on the road against Southampton and the German gaffer only settled for a scoreless draw the last term at St. Mary's in Premier League.

From Steven Gerrard's youthful charges being in action to ongoing transfer rumours, there was again plenty to talk about concerning Liverpool.

However, the club's home form is still a nagging concern.

Out on loan winger Lazar Markovic is hoping to jump start his career in Belgium, but he hasn't had the best start.

The Reds Under-23 side went on to lose the game 1-0 and they also ended the match with nine men after Liverpool youngster George Johnston also saw red for two bookable offences.

While there are players such as Dominic Solanke and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who can fill these attacking positions, Liverpool now lack the strength in depth that most of their rivals have.