‘Thank God he is with us’ – Klopp hails ‘best in the world’ VVD

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‘Thank God he is with us’ – Klopp hails ‘best in the world’ VVD

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp thinks Virgil van Dijk is “the best centre-half in the world” and would help any team achieve their goals.

The Netherlands defender spent most of last season on the sidelines after picking up a serious injury in the Merseyside derby against Everton.

But Van Dijk made his return at the beginning of this season and has now started all of Liverpool’s eight Premier League matches.

Liverpool are currently second in the Premier League, one point behind Chelsea, after .

When asked to what extent he expects unique players like Van Dijk to execute the idea of the football he wants Liverpool to play, Klopp replied: “We need all of our players to play the football, we didn’t know exactly the kind of football before we had all of the players together, there was always a basic idea there but the better the players get the better the football is.

“I understand why you ask abut Virgil because he is an exceptional player, for me the best centre-half in the world for sure but we couldn’t play the football we wanted last year. Not only because Virgil was injured, but we had no Joel Matip, no Joe Gomez and Ibrahim Konate was not here yet, so we had to find a solution with the young centre-halves who did an incredible job.

“So, we came third at the end of the season and in moments we played the football that we wanted to play, but the football you play depends massively on the players that you have on the pitch and Virgil would help each team in the world. Thank God he is with us.”

On facing Atletico Madrid in the Champions League on Tuesday, Klopp added: “Win both games against Atletico and it’s clear you will probably go through,” said Klopp.

“We lost both games the last time against them. I’m a positive person but I’m not that positive to think we have these games in our pockets.

“The last one we played was an outstanding match but we lost in one of the strangest games I’ve ever been involved in. Hopefully, we can learn from those games even though they have changed a lot since then.

“They have changed players and system so we face a different animal, but not a weaker one. The core are still together, and have been for a while, and they know how to win football games.”


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Arsenal, Leicester City ‘monitoring’ PL winger following resurgence

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Arsenal, Leicester City ‘monitoring’ PL winger following resurgence

Arsenal and Leicester City are both “monitoring” in-form Southampton winger Mohamed Elyounoussi, according to reports.

. Later that year, Southampton signed him for a fee of around £16m.

The attacker failed to score from his 19 outings for the Saints in his debut season. This led to him spending two years on loan at Celtic in the Scottish Premiership.

The 27-year-old scored 17 times for Celtic last term before he returned to Southampton this summer.

Elyounoussi has four goals and two assists for the Saints this season. In August, he scored a hat-trick and he grabbed two assists as his side beat Newport County 8-0 in the Carabao Cup second round.

The winger featured for Norway during the international break. He scored a brace against Montenegro last week as his side won 2-0.

The are reporting that Arsenal and Leicester are both “monitoring” Elyounoussi. His current deal at Southampton expires in 2023.

“I think when you get that comparison you need to accept straight away that if you don’t win three or four Premier League titles, you will always be worse than the previous one,” Arteta said.

“They have already done it and you have just started. So for three or four years prepare yourself that you’re not going to be as good with every comparison.

“It’s impossible to achieve it in three weeks, so just focus on what you are as a player, what you are asked by your manager to do, be yourself and don’t try to be anyone else.”

When asked if Arsenal have a problem moving on from “heroes” such as Vieira, Arteta replied: “It is because normally they become heroes when they are successful and when you win football games and trophies.

“To do that, obviously you don’t just need an individual you need a squad and in this context probably, (right now) is the best-ever generation in Premier League history – to become champions of this league, the top points that they used to have, today it wouldn’t be enough even today to win the Premier League.

“So that’s very significant as well but that has to be the aim. The club has done it in the past and we are looking to do it again.”

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