JURGEN Klopp has revealed that Virgil Van Dijk is fit to face Southampton on Friday night – and lauded his “perfect” display against Tottenham.
The Dutch superstar, 27, appeared to hurt himself in a challenge late on in the gritty 2-1 win at Anfield but will be fine for the game against his old club.
AFP Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk should be fit to take on Southampton on Friday
Van Dijk has been a rock at the back for Premier League title challengers this season.
And to the relief of all Reds fans, Klopp revealed: “Virgil has trained normally. It all looks OK.”
On Van Dijk’s performance in the nervy win over Spurs, Klopp said: “It was perfect.”
When grilled about Moussa Sissoko’s late miss, the German heaped praise on his defender for putting him off.
Klopp explained: “He had to defend two players, close the passing way to the other player.
“If you can’t be active you have to give the other player the chance to make the mistake.”
“HE’S IMPROVED US”
Van Dijk will now go up against his old team, but Klopp believes he is barely recognisable from his Saints days, such is his improvement.
The boss added: “Yes he has improved us and he has improved since he came here as well.
“He is a different player to when he was at Southampton. Champions League quarter-finals, semi-finals and final help you as a player.
“That’s what you expect when a player comes in, that he makes the whole team better. He is obviously a very good player and he makes players better around him.
“He’s so important to us not only as a player but as a person. I couldn’t say a bad word about him even if I wanted!
“For a centre-half, he is still young so hopefully there is more to come and he can stay healthy and everything will be fine.”
Meanwhile, Klopp was quick to praise Mohamed Salah for his part in the winner against Tottenham – despite it ending up as an own goal.
The Kop boss said: “It was an own goal but it was Mo’s header which forced it. It felt like it was his goal.
“That Mo was in that situation was off the training ground with a cross from the second ball. I was really pleased when I watched it back.”
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