Klopp opens up on ‘actually tough’ van Dijk dialog on Liverpool function

Jurgen Klopp has reminded Virgil van Dijk that he should be “smart” with how he manages his comeback after opening up on his resolution to go away him out of the Liverpool lineup towards AC Milan.

Van Dijk has began all 4 video games of the brand new Premier League season after making his return from an ACL harm. Liverpool sorely missed him throughout his 10-month absence and it little doubt had a damaging influence on their failed title defence. Thus, Klopp shall be glad to have the Dutchman again.

However he left him on the bench for Liverpool’s first Champions League group match towards AC Milan on Wednesday. In his place, one other absentee for many of final season, Joe Gomez, made his first begin of the brand new marketing campaign alongside Joel Matip, who additionally missed the top of 2020-21.

Liverpool may have executed with van Dijk after they got here below strain in the direction of the top of a primary half that they’d in any other case dominated. Inexplicably, they discovered themselves 2-1 down after failing to cope with a few Milan assaults in fast succession.

However they steadied the ship and went on to regain their lead within the second half, with a uncommon Jordan Henderson thunderbolt incomes them a 3-2 win.

After the sport, Klopp defined his resolution to go away van Dijk out and the way “tough” he discovered it.

“It’s actually tough for gamers like Virgil van Dijk who you noticed warming up tonight to inform them they aren’t enjoying,” he mentioned.

“However you could be smart in these moments and we now have a number of boys within the final line who’re getting back from harm.

“Naby Keita began some video games already, (Jordan) Henderson performed a brilliant recreation, each of them and Fabinho did that too, that was essential.

“Divock Origi is an impressive striker and he did rather well tonight. It’s simply actually tough to get on this workforce to be trustworthy. That’s what makes life typically a bit uncomfortable however Divock is a good man.”

Liverpool switch considerations raised

Regardless of the constructive vibes round Anfield, BT Sport pundit Michael Owen insists it’s not all a mattress of roses at Anfield.

The likes of van Dijk, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Andy Robertson, Alisson and Fabinho all agreed prolonged offers this summer season.

Nevertheless, Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino all face a interval of uncertainty. With offers that expire in 2023, and at 29-year-old apiece, time doesn’t seem on their aspect.

And Owen reckons some and even all the trio may have changing.

“I feel Liverpool are going to handle it,” he mentioned on BT Sport.

“What I feel the large concern is [that] everybody goes to be previous on the similar time, in three or 4 years. Take a look at the entrance three: Firmino, Salah and Mane – all late 20s.

“One other three or 4 years you’re not going to exchange one, it impulsively goes bump and also you’ve acquired to exchange two of them.

“I feel that’s the final across the workforce – the Matips, the Van Dijks – they’re all late 20s now.

“You’ve acquired your Henderson and Milners, however that’s fantastic. That’s expertise… however when there’s a glut – that may occur – in 4, 5 years that’s one thing that Jurgen Klopp has to handle subsequent 12 months.”

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