Frank Lampard: What I admire about Liverpool FC boss Jurgen Klopp

The Chelsea FC legend believes Jurgen Klopp was right to spend a Liverpool FC record transfer fee on Virgil van Dijk

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp Photo: New Balance

Frank Lampard admits it was admirable that Jurgen Klopp didn’t want to spend £50m on a defender but has praised the Liverpool FC manager for taking the plunge with Virgil van Dijk.

The Reds boss has been reluctant to spend over the odds for his targets since taking over the reins of the Merseyside outfit in October 2015.

Klopp, though, has changed his approach over the past 12 months given the vast amounts of money that Manchester City and Manchester United have spent under Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho.

Liverpool FC were linked with a move to sign Southampton centre-half Virgil van Dijk in the summer transfer window but the Reds were unable to get a deal over the line.

However, the German coach managed to get a £75m transfer deal over the line for the Netherlands international in the January transfer window.

Liverpool FC made Van Dijk the most expensive defender in the world following the Reds’ January swoop for the 26-year-old centre-half.

Van Dijk helped the Merseyside outfit to secure a 5-0 win against Porto in the first leg of the Champions League last-16 clash on Wednesday night.

Former Chelsea FC midfielder Lampard backed Klopp’s decision to sanction a club record fee on the defender despite his prior reluctance to spend big on players.

“Mo Salah is one of the top scorers in the world in club football and he’s not a centre-forward,” Lampard told BT Sport.

“It’s because he comes and gets involved in stuff and is always arriving with his pace.”

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