Klopp ‘had no concept’ ever-present Van Dijk could be so particular at Liverpool

Jurgen Klopp insisted Virgil van Dijk wanted no additional reward after finishing an ever-present season for Liverpool, though he acknowledged the defender had surpassed expectations.

Van Dijk performed each minute for Liverpool within the Premier League this time period as they ended as champions, ending 18 factors away from earlier title-holders Manchester Metropolis.

The Netherlands worldwide had equally began every match of the 2018-19 season as Metropolis pipped the Reds on the ultimate day.

Van Dijk has been recognised as one of many league’s most completed, constant centre-backs since signing for Liverpool from Southampton, but Klopp has been simply as impressed by his mindset and method.

“I am undecided if he wants one other hour of reward,” Klopp advised reporters after Van Dijk scored in opposition to Newcastle United in a 3-1 win. “He is good, fairly good. He is centre-half.

“No, he is particular, his mixture of expertise is particular, his mindset – on prime of that – is particular.

“This makes him a fairly good centre-half and man as properly, which I like loads. I’d work with him as properly if he was slightly tougher to be with, however he is actually low upkeep.

“He is very nice to have. We knew once we signed him we would get a very good participant, however the package deal is so particular, and we had no concept about that. That makes him actually, actually thrilling.”

Of Van Dijk’s ever-present file, the supervisor added with a smile: “He takes his breaks within the video games on occasion, which drives me loopy.

“However I get it, I get it. It was his huge goal, I feel, that he might try this once more. Hopefully that can be potential for the remainder of his profession. That will be completely particular.

“We have tried to relaxation him nevertheless it’s tough. Thus far, it is went properly, and we hope it stays like this, however now he has two weeks off as properly, so he would not want extra, I am positive.”

Klopp was requested how he would possibly describe Liverpool’s season and settled on “completely distinctive”.

“It was distinctive, completely distinctive, [a club-record] 99 factors,” he stated.

“Actually, how we give it some thought, it begins on June 1, 2019, as a result of, sure, it was the final recreation of the final season [the Champions League final win over Tottenham], however for us it was the primary recreation of a fairly particular time.

“So, after that, the European Tremendous Cup, the Membership World Cup and now the Premier League is completely distinctive. Getting 99 factors after having 97 final 12 months is completely distinctive.”

With the Premier League set to restart on September 12, he added: “We have now two weeks off after which we nonetheless have to write down a pair extra chapters of the e book of this crew.”

Revealed 27 Jul 2020, 00:32 IST