Jurgen Klopp reveals why he dropped Virgil van Dijk
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp claimed he got the reaction he wanted from his players after back-to-back defeats as they stormed to a comfortable 3-0 Premier League win at Huddersfield.
A Premier League defeat at Swansea and an FA Cup exit at the hands of West Bromwich Albion at Anfield on Saturday piled the pressure on Klopp and his players at Huddersfield, with goals from Emre Can, Roberto Patrick Onwuasor Jersey Firmino and Mohamed Salah sealing the victory.
"It was exactly what we needed," declared Klopp. "It was not a brilliant performance, but it was very mature and exactly what we needed at the right moment."We could have done better, but we scored the first goal, we maybe gave one situation away, but it was difficult for Huddersfield to counter-attack. It was very mature and exactly what we needed.
"You need to win all the time, we know that. Coming back on track is the most important thing and now we have a few days to prepare for another difficult game against Tottenham. There is an open bill and we need to pay that back.
"Tonight we were better and the midfield did well with the counter press and that helped the back line. It was nearly perfect, not the performance, the result."
"It’s completely normal. They have played longer together than Virgil has played and Southampton play a completely different style to us," he said of Keith Hernandez Authentic Jersey Van Dijk's omission.
"Plus, the fitness thing. It’s clear that in half a year Virgil will be a completely different player to last week or Jack Ham Womens Jersey next week. That’s completely normal. It’s a very important position and very important that it’s really tuned between the parts and stuff like that. This for today was simply a physical thing."
Klopp also confirmed he some players could leave Liverpool on Wednesday's deadline day, as he insisted Danny Ings will not be allowed to go out on loan after Daniel Sturridge's temporary move to West Bromwich Albion was confirmed on Monday.