Van Dijk left out of Liverpool line-up over ‘physical thing’

Date published: Tuesday 30th January 2018 10:41

Jurgen Klopp has admitted that Virgil van Dijk missed Liverpool’s 3-0 victory over Huddersfield because of a “physical thing”.

During a post-match interview with reporters, Klopp insisted that a “physical thing” as well as Joel Matip and Dejan Lovren’s long-term relationship were the reasons for leaving Van Dijk on the bench.

The Reds ran away with victory against the Terriers thanks to first-half goals from Emre Can and Roberto Firmino, before Mohamed Salah added the icing on the cake with a second-half penalty.

“It was exactly what we needed,” said Klopp. “It was not a brilliant performance, but it was very mature and exactly what we needed at the right moment.

“We could have done better, but we scored the first goal, we maybe gave one situation away, but it was difficult for Huddersfield to counter-attack. It was very mature and exactly what we needed.

“You need to win all the time, we know that. Coming back on track is the most important thing and now we have a few days to prepare for another difficult game against Tottenham. There is an open bill and we need to pay that back.

“Tonight we were better and the midfield did well with the counter press and that helped the back line. It was nearly perfect, not the performance, the result.”

When quizzed about possible transfer dealings before the end of deadline day tomorrow, Klopp – after brushing off several questions – only said: “No chance (Danny) Ings is on the market, only if I am unconscious”.

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