Virgil van Dijk has revealed how Jurgen Klopp reassured him following his big-money transfer to Liverpool final January.
The Reds made Van Dijk the costliest defender in historical past initially of 2018 after they agreed a £75million take care of Southampton.
Eyebrows have been raised on the big payment however Van Dijk made an on the spot impression at Anfield, serving to the crew attain the Champions League remaining final season.
Van Dijk has continued to impress throughout the 2018-19 marketing campaign, with Premier League leaders Liverpool conceding simply 13 targets in 23 league video games.
And the Netherlands worldwide has revealed a dialogue with Klopp after he joined Liverpool concerning his beautiful switch payment.
He informed the Daily Mirror: ‘I keep in mind speaking to the supervisor concerning the switch payment Liverpool paid for me and he simply mentioned, “Listen, all good things cost a lot of money”.
‘I assumed it was a fantastic factor to come back out with – and it reveals why Jurgen Klopp was one of many fundamental causes I got here to this membership.
‘I keep in mind assembly the boss for the primary time. We had a very good speak and he simply gave me the proper confidence.
‘There is something about Klopp that makes him stand out. It’s not simply his vitality, I believe it’s his man- administration.
‘Klopp makes you feel great. He is genuinely pleased to see you in the morning and that has a big effect on the players who come in.’
Van Dijk, 27, added: ‘Simply take a look at the hugs he offers us all on the finish of video games. It’s only a little bit of affection, one thing very small, but it surely makes you’re feeling nice.
‘And but, he could be stone-hard the subsequent day and put you in your house when you could have made errors.
‘He’ll try this in entrance of the complete squad, however all of us settle for it as a result of we all know it isn’t one thing private.
‘Klopp has shown in so many moments that he cares about us – and that’s why he is ready to demand a lot from us all.’
Liverpool prolonged their hole on the prime of the desk to seven factors on Saturday after downing Crystal Palace in a seven-goal thriller.
Following the victory, Klopp mentioned: ‘The result is massive, we have 60 points now it’s loopy, it’s an essential quantity.
‘I’m actually proud, a number of issues occurred that we don’t actually need, we’re a bit quick now on gamers however we’ve got a number of days and want to make use of the time now for restoration.’
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