Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp opens up on Virgil van Dijk missing training before Man City | Football | Sport
Liverpool would be worried by news that Virgil van Dijk had missed training before what could be the most important game of their season, but Jurgen Klopp has claimed fears.
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 in his press conference 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 his captain Jordan Henderson, but confirmed the news that 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 former Southampton forward was accused by the ex-Barcelona boss of ‘sometimes diving’ before backtracking after criticism from his rival boss.
“It’s very respectful from my side,” Klopp said when asked what he thinks of the former Bayern boss.
“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.”