Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp opens up on Virgil van Dijk missing training before Man City | Football | Sport
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has calmed fears surrounding Virgil van Dijk after the defender missed training before what could be the most important game of the Reds’ season.
The Premier League leaders can go nine points clear at the top of the table with a win over Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City on Sunday, and their star defender is fit and ready to play.
Klopp said on Friday: ”Virgil was not in training for other reasons not here, [but he is] completely fine.”
The former Borussia Dortmund boss also gave a positive update on Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson, but confirmed Joel Matip and Xherdan Shaqiri will not be involved.
He added: “Jordan is fine. Joel is not, like Shaq.”
Klopp was also asked what his relationship with Guardiola is like, after a recent spat over Sadio Mane’s alleged dive against Aston Villa.
The Liverpool forward was accused by the City boss of ‘sometimes diving’, before the Spaniard backtracked following criticism from his rival boss.
“It’s very respectful from my side,” Klopp said, when asked what he thinks of Guardiola.
“It doesn’t change during games from my side.
“It is about who we support and all we can do with our team.
“I couldn’t respect him more. Best manager in the world.
“He’s made a proper impact on this team.”
He then joked: “He is now at Man City and the football is not too bad.
“I don’t have a negative relationship with anyone on the sidelines.
“It might look like that but it is respectful. Very respectful.”
City ran out winners via penalties when they met Liverpool in the Community Shield in August.