The Dutch defender says fans don’t know what really happened last summer (Picture: Getty)Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk says he enjoyed his return to Southampton despite being booed throughout Sunday’s match as his new club beat his old team at St Mary’s.
The Dutch defender became the most expensive defender in the world after Southampton finally sanctioned his £75 million move to Anfield in January, and he looked the part as he kept a clean sheet at his old stomping ground.
Liverpool went ahead early on through Roberto Firmino and doubled their lead just before the break thanks to Mohamed Salah, and always looked comfortable from that moment.
Van Dijk accidentally went into the home dressing room when he arrived at St Mary’s (Picture: Getty)The match marked Van Dijk’s first return to St Mary’s since leaving the club and he felt the hostile reception he received was unwarranted, though enjoyed Liverpool’s performance – and result – regardless.
He told Sky Sports after the match: ‘I enjoyed it a lot. I just focused on the game. I enjoyed being back, I have a lot of good memories here.
‘Unfortunately they are not in a good position right now, but as a Liverpool player I’m happy with the win. You can’t do anything about the reception, I just did my own thing.’
He expanded further to the BBC, saying: ‘You just enjoy it. It’s the only thing I think you can do. I think it is a bit unfair because no-one really knows what happened over the summer and the last few months but I just kept my head down and enjoyed it.
Salah and Firmino combined twice to score both Liverpool’s goals against Saints (Picture: Getty)‘I think we should have scored more. We deserved the win but we should have made it a bit easier for ourselves.
On whether it hurts to see Southampton – who dropped into the relegation zone – struggle, he added: ‘Definitely. I have a lot of good friends here, I care for the club. It is difficult to get out of the relegation zone but they have quality players.’
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