Published: Fri, February 02, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Klopp makes flippant response to Carragher's criticism of Van Dijk

Klopp makes flippant response to Carragher's criticism of Van Dijk

"To lose him mid-season, I don't agree with it but for that fee..."

The Reds only saw one player arrive during the window, smashing their previous transfer record to sign Dutch centre-back Virgil van Dijk from Southampton for a reported £75 million, which also made him the most expensive defender in history. "The 100 percent right thing, only for completely insane money that really makes no sense", he explained. "Maybe that's to do with not having a pre-season", he said on Sky Sports' Debate Show via Eurosport.

"It is quite hard because our defending style - and I know how this sounds - is different to Southampton or to Holland so that's why it makes so much sense you get used to it".

They registered four wins and suffered two defeats: away to Swansea in the league and then in their FA Cup 4th round tie at home against West Brom.

"We have a few nice options where we could make changes or not". He can bring in a lot of things already.

In Van Dijk's absence, Dejan Lovren and Joël Matip started as Liverpool claimed a first clean sheet since Boxing Day against the Terriers at the John Smith's Stadium. "For today, it was simply a physical thing and that's it". "When Virgil came here he was not match fit because he had a long injury, then he played, then he was injured, then the transfer was kind of an open case and he didn't play for Southampton". I spoke to him about it [leaving him out against Huddersfield on Tuesday], he expected it.

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Now, one Liverpool legend has slammed the boss.

Klopp added: "He is still a new player".

Jurgen Klopp resisted reinvesting the funds Liverpool received for Philippe Coutinho during the January transfer window due to the inflated prices of the Reds' targets.

Liverpool's Adam Lallana is a doubt for Sunday's Premier League game against Tottenham Hotspur with the club not willing to risk aggravating the midfielder's muscle injury, manager Juergen Klopp said.

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