Klopp Insists There’s No Need to Sell After Record Transfer & Hints at Slow Van Dijk Integration
Jurgen Klopp has stressed that Liverpool do not need to sell players to balance the books after parting with a club record £75m to secure Virgil van Dijk, who the Reds boss admits requires time to settle into the club before he makes his debut.
The 26-year-old centre-back ended a half-year long transfer saga when it was announced that he sealed his move to Anfield on Wednesday – which will become official on January 1 – ensuring Van Dijk is eligible to play in the Reds’ third round FA Cup tie against Everton on Friday.
However, despite holding the world transfer record for a defender, Van Dijk will not be rushed into the starting lineup as Klopp looks to bring the Dutch defender up to his speed with his style of play.
Klopp said, via the ?Daily Mail: “
Van Dijk’s match fitness is also of concern to Klopp as he played just 16 times for Southampton throughout 2017 following a lengthy injury layoff at the start of the year.
He added: ”It was probably not his best half of the season at Southampton. He was injured and then we know about the things that happened last summer.”
Worth every penny!!!
he wants to leave southampton, currently not on form because his head is elsewhere. Going to be a TOP signing for us.
— Anton Hysén (@antonhysenoffic) December 24, 2017
Although Coutinho’s start to the season was marred by unrest following his formal transfer request, Klopp admitted he has been pleased with the 25-year-old’s attitude ever since, even handing him the captains armband on a number of occasions in Jordan Henderson’s absence.
He said: “I was really happy about the last few performances and about his impact. He showed his character in the games and in the training sessions. That was spot on. It was really good.