Mauricio Pellegrino Issues Virgil Van Dijk Warning

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Mauricio Pellegrino Issues Virgil Van Dijk Warning

Jordan Ayew's hanging cross from the right allowed Tammy Abraham to get ahead of centre-half Jack Stephens but the teenaged striker on loan from Chelsea headed wide.

Yet, with just over two weeks of the transfer window remaining, van Dijk will begin to stress over whether or not he'll get his move and Southampton believes the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation will influence the defender's decision. He only lacked his shooting boots for what would've otherwise been an impressive performance leading the line.

Only once in their previous 10 Premier League seasons had the Saints claimed all three points on the first weekend, and they were unable to improve that record despite dominating proceedings.

Southampton fans have been reacting on Twitter to Dusan Tadic's performance in the opening day clash with Swansea City, and it is safe to say that the supporters are extremely divided regarding the Serbian's display.

Swansea are unbeaten in their last three Premier League games to start the season. The player is clear with his position but we have to keep going because I can't control the thinking of the player at this moment'. "We couldn't, because football is like this - sometimes with a couple of chances you can score, but today we couldn't".

Amid growing speculation over captain Virgil van Dijk's desire to leave, Southampton boss Mauricio Pellegrino has insisted no player is bigger than the team.

"I don't really understand why it goes to the end of August".

Southampton attempted over 30 crosses and had 29 shots on goal, yet failed to end their miserable goal drought at home.

Southampton boss Mauricio Pellegrino and Swansea manager Paul Clement both admitted their clubs and supporters are missing out while their top stars remain out of action.

"As a manager, we can work on how to create chances but sometimes it is really hard to score - we had 29 shots".

"We are pleased we have got out of here with a draw".

Klopp will need to whip something up in the next 52 hours to ensure that his players defend better on Tuesday evening to go into the second leg of the playoff with a chance of qualifying for this season's Champions League.

"I think we did a nice game".

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