Jurgen Klopp gives verdict on new Liverpool FC signing’s first month at Anfield
The Liverpool FC manager reflects on Virgil van Dijk's first month at Anfield following his world record move
Jurgen Klopp insists he is very happy with Virgil van Dijk’s first month as a Liverpool FC player.
The Netherlands international completed a move to Liverpool FC in a club record £75m deal from Premier League rivals Southampton on 1 January.
Liverpool FC made Van Dijk the most expensive defender in the world as Klopp attempted to tackle the club’s well-documented issues at the back.
The 26-year-old scored a dramatic winner on his Anfield debut in Liverpool FC’s 2-1 win over derby rivals Everton in the FA Cup third round last month.
However, Van Dijk’s euphoria was soon quashed when he was unable to help the Reds avoid slumping to a surprise 1-0 loss to relegation candidates Swansea City.
The Dutch centre-half tasted another defeat in his third appearance in a Reds shirt following a 3-2 loss to West Brom in the FA Cup fourth round last weekend.
Klopp left Van Dijk on the bench for Liverpool FC’s 3-0 win against promoted side Huddersfield Town in the Premier League on Tuesday night.
However, the Netherlands star will surely return to the Reds team for the visit of fifth-placed Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield on Sunday afternoon.
Asked whether he was happy with Van Dijk’s first month at Liverpool FC, Klopp told his pre-match media conference:
“I’m very happy. It’s just exactly like it was clear it would be, with a few ups and downs.
“We will all see Virgil van Dijk at his best after the summer but we don’t have the time to wait until then, why should we? He can bring a lot of things in already and that’s good.
“We had a lot of talks already. It’s quite difficult, the defending style. Our defending is different to Southampton, for example, and Holland. That’s why it makes so much sense that you [have time to] get used to it.”
Klopp added: “At the moment it is like expected, to be honest. It’s completely normal. There’s a lot to do, a lot to work on, but the start is absolutely good.”