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Southampton duo win fitness race to face Liverpool

Tadic is fit to face Liverpool. Credit: PA

Dusan Tadic and Fraser Forster have been passed fit to feature for Southampton against Liverpool, but Ryan Bertrand, Cedric Soares and Shane Long face late assessments before Claude Puel picks his team.

The Southampton manager has also revealed that, regardless of their availability, he has no intention of adapting his team to negate their visitors' significant attacking threat.

Tadic suffered a suspected broken nose playing for Serbia against Wales on Tuesday but is expected to play with a face mask.

Forster, meanwhile, withdrew from the England squad with a slight injury but will start at St Mary's on Saturday, when international team-mate Bertrand could yet also be available.

"Normally (Tadic) will be available for this game," Puel said. "He spoke to the doctor and it's okay for him.

"Cedric has come back into training and Bertrand trained (on Wednesday) along with Long. Normally they are okay.

"We will see this for the last training session before the game. Normally I think all the players are okay. I hope there are no surprises.

"All this is good news, but I don't know if they have a good physical level to be involved in the game against Liverpool. We will see."

Southampton's van Dijk 'one of the best in the world'

Puel is in no doubt what Van Dijk can go on to achieve. Credit: PA

Southampton manager Claude Puel is in no doubt Virgil van Dijk can develop into "one of the best defenders in the world".

The Dutchman produced a dynamic display at the heart of the Saints backline against Inter Milan in the Europa League on Thursday night, scoring a fine goal during the second half as Puel's side came from behind to secure a memorable 2-1 victory.

The 25-year-old former Celtic man has been called up again for the Netherlands over the international break.

Puel is in no doubt what Van Dijk can go on to achieve.

"I think Virgil, since the beginning of the season has made progress," the Southampton manager said at a press conference ahead of Sunday's Premier League trip to Hull.

"Virgil has improved both technically and tactically as well, in the duel he is fantastic.

"For me, he has all of the qualities to become one of the best defenders in the world, there is no problem for this, Virgil has the answer - he must continue his work to continue his progress."

Puel added: "It has been a new thing for him this season to defend with 50 or 60 metres behind him, and it is difficult to leave that space.

"For me, it is important to defend at a high level, especially when we play against a great team with strikers who are very fast, it is important to be able to anticipate all of the possibilities of the opponent."


Moyes admits he deserved red card at Southampton

David Moyes admitted he deserved to be sent to the stands after Sunderland tumbled out of the EFL Cup at Southampton.

David Moyes was sent to the stands late on. Credit: PA

The Black Cats boss was furious after his struggling side were denied a late penalty when Maya Yoshida brought down Victor Anichebe in the area.

But the Scot's industrial language towards fourth official James Adcock earned him his marching orders as Sunderland crashed out to Sofiane Boufal's strike.

"I was sent off for leaving my box and swearing at the fourth official," Moyes said.

"The problem was he chased me down the touchline. I swore at him and I shouldn't have done so I deserved to be sent off."

Moyes was in no doubt about the late penalty claim which angered him so much but was waved away by ref Chris Kavanagh.

"When you see it again it's a stonewaller, no question," he added. "Inside the box Yoshida fouls Victor, he comes across him, and it should have been a definite penalty awarded."

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