Jurgen Klopp says that he believes that Virgil van Dijk will rediscover his best form after struggling with injury for most of last year.
Front cruciate ligament injury ended the Dutchman’s 2020/21 season early when Liverpool struggled with mass injuries, although he has returned to the starting eleven this campaign when the Reds are planning a Premier League title task.
Speaking before his team’s clash with Leicester on Tuesday, Klopp said: “Virg has been really good, really good … may it continue!
“It’s the way it is. The rehab worked really well, so he came back in really good shape. He needed a little rhythm and it was important that he got that rhythm.
“He is now back to his best, of course. What helps us a lot – and what helps him a lot – is that we have options so that we do not have to push through him in the moments when his body gives a sign that he needs step aside for a moment. It’s very helpful. That’s why the situation is very good. “
It has been four years since Liverpool squandered £ 75m to sign Van Dijk from Southampton and the Anfield team has reaped the rewards from that investment, winning the Champions League and Premier League, and Klopp said the transfer was a crucial moment for the club.
“Virgil’s arrival was obviously a big day in our common history,” Klopp added. “It is a good example of a winter transfer and how it works. A winter transfer works when you either wanted to recruit a player the summer before or the summer after. That is the situation.
“We wanted Virgil in the summer [of 2017]; for some reason we could not make the transfer at that moment but then in the winter we tried again and were able to get through it. It was a very important day, it changed a lot for us.
“In combination with Joel, with Dejan [Lovren], with Joey, we could suddenly defend in a different way. We were able to make the pitch smaller for the opponent so it was pretty good. That’s why we’re really happy. “
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