Jurgen Klopp has praised Liverpool’s record signing Virgil van Dijk, saying he’s comfortable in his new surroundings and is displaying leadership qualities.
You could make an argument that for all the defensive stability that was missing at the club before the Reds paid £75 million for van Dijk, it was his leadership that was most needed.
Since his arrival on New Year’s Day, the impact he has made on much-maligned goalkeeper Loris Karius and Dejan Lovren is incredible. Of course, in the German’s case, he has been in dire need of game time to prove himself.
But still, van Dijk has already proven to be an astute signing for Liverpool despite his mammoth price tag – and Jurgen Klopp can see this.
“He’s just a good lad, to be honest. That’s the most important thing,” Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com.
“We bought him not because he is a good lad but because he is a good footballer. But being a good lad helps a lot to settle in the team immediately – and that’s what he did.
“That he is a good footballer, there was no doubt. Our other four centre-halves are good footballers as well. It only helps. When you have a lot of possession, you need this kind of passing skills in defenders.”
The German manager added: “His body language is brilliant, to be honest. He looks like a leader, like a warrior, already like a Liverpool player – that’s good news.
“Of course he has helped us, that’s why we brought him in.”