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Steven Gerrard discusses Jurgen Klopp's decision to rest Virgil van Dijk in Liverpool FC's win over Huddersfield

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Liverpool FC legend Steven Gerrard Photo: BT Sport

Steven Gerrard has backed Jurgen Klopp’s decision to rest Virgil van Dijk for Liverpool FC’s Premier League clash against Huddersfield on Tuesday night.

The £75m signing was dropped to the bench for the Reds’ clash against David Wagner’s side as the Merseyside outfit claimed a dominant 3-0 victory to return to winning ways in the Premier League.

Van Dijk has been settling in well to life at Liverpool FC following his move to Anfield from Southampton at the start of the January transfer window.

The Netherlands defender will clearly be hoping to hold down a regular spot in the first team at Liverpool FC in the coming weeks and months.

The player himself is likely to have been disappointed to be dropped by Klopp for Tuesday’s game, but former Liverpool FC captain Gerrard believes that it was a sensible decision.

Speaking to BT Sport before the game, Gerrard said: “He is fit [but] the manager’s said it’s rotation and you can understand it.

“He’s had a lot of time out injured, come to a new club and is still settling in.

“He probably doesn’t want to risk him for three games in a week in case he does get a big injury.

“You can understand it, but from a fan’s point of view, they’ll be thinking we want him in every game.

“But from a manager’s point of view, you have to protect players at certain points of the season.”

Van Dijk will be hoping to be back in the starting line-up for the Reds when they host Tottenham Hotspur in a crunch Premier League clash at Anfield on Sunday afternoon.

The Reds are currently fourth in the Premier League table as they chase Champions League qualification for the second season running under Klopp.

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