Jurgen Klopp reserves special praise for attacking duo, Virgil van Dijk

Jurgen Klopp reserves special praise for attacking duo, Virgil van Dijk


Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has heaped praise on attacking duo Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah after their goals gave the Reds a 2-0 victory away to Southampton.

Firmino opened the scoring for the visitors inside six minutes from a Salah assist, before returning the favour for the Egyptian later in the first half.

While Klopp is clear on the qualities the pair bring to the side, the former Borussia Dortmund boss said he was left impressed by the duo’s workrate.

“Our boys are important for us,” Klopp told a press conference. “What I love is of course their skills and attitude, but the workrate is outstanding.

“Both get the profit from the style of play, that’s for sure as well. We play in the areas where they like to have the ball.

“In this strong league you cannot be third without fantastic players and yes, they are two of them.”

The match saw January signing Virgil van Dijk make a return to St Mary’s for the first time and Klopp said he was pleased with the Dutchman’s performance.

“He did really well, he dealt with the situation fantastically,” Klopp said. “We had a little talk before the game and I asked: ‘What do you think?’

“He said: ‘No, I’m fine boss.’ I don’t want to make him nervous if he isn’t nervous and, obviously, he wasn’t and that’s good.

“I understand everything in football; the crowd is there to make life difficult for the opponent but I think it was not too difficult for him from this point of view and I’m happy about it.”