It’s safe to say that Kopites aren’t too fond of France at the minute. France Football announced the winner of their coveted individual award on Monday night and the result left Reds everywhere incensed. Many have labelled the gong a mere popularity contest. Jürgen Klopp has had his say on Virgil van Dijk missing out on the Ballon d’Or.
Speaking at his pre-match press conference ahead of the derby with Everton on Wednesday, the boss was asked for his view on the prize. His reply was broadcast on the club’s official site:
“The decision is made by journalists, I see it slightly different. Lionel Messi, I’ve said 500,000 times in my life already, the best I have seen in my life time, that’s how it is…We won the champions league, we got 97 points, we can’t do that without performing players.”
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It looks as though the gaffer has taken Virgil van Dijk missing out on the Ballon d’Or a lot better than we have.
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Jürgen always takes the diplomatic approach and it is well known that he refuses to be drawn into discussions about awards that mean little to him, at least they appear to mean little to him.
Whenever the German is asked to comment on records, streaks and individual prizes, he typically deflects the question and insists that the squad are just focusing on the next game.
Having said that, there was a hint of an opinion when the boss said that he sees it differently to the journalists. There are few out there that can appreciate the impact of Virgil van Dijk more than Klopp. Before the Dutchman’s arrival, the manager had a side that could score for fun but couldn’t defend, this is now a problem of the past.
At least you’ll always be Jürgen’s champ, eh Virg?