Virgil van Dijk explains what makes Jurgen Klopp such a great manager and what the German told him about his transfer fee when he signed for Liverpool for £75m.
The former Southampton skipper is the world’s most expensive defender after his switch to Anfield a year ago.
His performances ever since have more than justified the humongous fee that the Reds paid to sign him.
And van Dijk says when he spoke to Klopp about the fee Liverpool paid to sign him, the boss put his fears to bed immediately.
He said: “I remember talking to the manager about the transfer fee Liverpool paid for me and he just said ‘listen, all good things cost a lot of money.’
“I thought it was a great thing to come out with – and it shows why Jurgen Klopp was one of the main reasons why I came to this club.
“I remember meeting the boss for the first time. We had a really good talk and he just gave me the right confidence. There is something about Klopp that makes him stand out. It’s not just his energy. I think it is man management.
“Klopp makes you feel great. He is genuinely pleased to see you in the morning and that has a big effect on the players who comes in.
“Just look at the hugs at the end of a game he gives to us. It is only a bit of affection, something very small, but it makes you feel great. And yet, he can be stone hard the next day and put you in your place when you have made mistakes.
“He will do that in front of the entire squad, but we all accept it because we know it is not something personal.”