Jurgen Klopp opens up on Virgil van Dijk transfer fee

Lawrence Kim
August 21, 2018

It wasn't a devastating, swashbuckling performance from the Reds, however, winning these games by showing grit and determination was something we haven't witnessed much from them.

"Mamadou is trying to defend and there is no way he is looking to foul the player or get contact on him at all".

"In these moments the fuel is really low and maybe the players need a bit of help from an angry manager - "run or I will kill you" - and they did that", Klopp smiled. I saw that in the warm-up from [Wayne] Hennessey practising and thought, wow, this is going to be really hard. "I'm more interested in the fact we played really well".

James Milner converted the spot-kick that set Jürgen Klopp's side on course for a victory that was confirmed when Sadio Mané added a second four minutes into added time after Aaron Wan-Bissaka's 75th-minute red card had reduced the home side to ten men.

Liverpool has yet to concede a goal and carries a constant threat with its front three of Salah - last season's top scorer in the Premier League - Mane and Roberto Firmino. It wasn't pretty and the visitors struggled to find their rhythm, and the fact that Virgil van Dijk was man of the match says it all.

In addition, the 51-year-old was full of praise for Virgil van Dijk's display, which he described as "really, really good", explaining: "I don't know a lot of defenders in the world that can defend Christian Benteke in almost 100 per cent of the situations". Today we were not brilliant but we still won.

The game would 2-0 to Jurgen Klopp and co, who go second behind only Manchester City.

The Premier League remains the only major, top-flight division in European football in which VAR will not contribute to the refereeing of matches, but despite his sense of injustice Milivojevic said: "I do not want VAR in this league". There is no point discussing it. Sakho is a defender and he has to try and defend, which I think he did well.

While Klopp avoided overly praising any of his players, as he clearly expects more, he highlighted the lack of scrutiny over Van Dijk's fee as testament to his ability. "We are not a team who will cry over that penalty, we just carry on".

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