(Video) ‘Everybody needs time’ – Klopp defends van Dijk and asks for time before judging his return from injury

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After conceding five goals at home to Real Madrid it’s normal that fingers will be pointed to our defence but Jurgen Klopp was quick to protect Virgil van Dijk, when posed questions about his current form.

Speaking with the media ahead of the game with Crystal Palace, the 55-year-old said: “I am from a different time. I know that everybody needs time to develop and get back to their best. Everything needs time in life and everyone accepts that for themselves, but not for other people. I couldn’t care less about that.

“But again, it’s fine. It’s part of the whole show that we get judged. It’s completely normal people do that. We played two good games and you will write: ‘Best Van Dijk ever!’.”

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Our No.4 has played non-stop football for many years now, with his only breaks being because of injury and so it’s obvious this will take a toll on his body in the long-run.

It’s clear that the boss is still confident that we can see the Dutchman return to the performance level we’ve seen from him in the past and is prepared to wait for this to happen, something supporters will also need to do.

You can watch Klopp’s comments on van Dijk via BeanymanSports on YouTube:

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  1. If Jamie Carragher were to take VVD’s place, the opposition would not need to score 5 goals. Mr. Carragher would help them with 5og’s on his own. Sometimes I think these so-called pundits just say things so that they can highlight their own profiles than actually provide a well-educated opinion. Loved him when he played for LFC, not so much now. Maybe he should stick to his punditry, would hate to see him manage any team.

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