Jurgen Klopp explains why Virgil van Dijk missed training ahead of Liverpool vs Man City - football

Jurgen Klopp explains why Virgil van Dijk missed training ahead of Liverpool vs Man City



Virgil van Dijk missed training on Thursday ahead of Liverpool vs Man City (Picture: Getty)
Jurgen Klopp played down concerns over Virgil van Dijk’s fitness after is emerged the Liverpool defender missed Thursday’s training session.
The Premier League leaders entertain their closest rivals Manchester City at Anfield on Sunday knowing victory would widen the gap at the top to nine points.
Van Dijk, one of the leading contenders to win next month’s Ballon d’Or, has been in imperious form this season for a side which has conceded just nine goals so far.
Speaking ahead of the visit of the champions Klopp insisted: ‘Virg was for other reasons not here yesterday but is completely fine.’
Van Dijk, who dined with members of the Dutch Royal family earlier this week, will partner one of Joe Gomez or Dejan Lovren at the heart of Liverpool’s defence with Joel Matip sill unavailable. Xherdan Shaqiri won’t feature either, but club captain Jordan Henderson is in contention after he missed the midweek win over Genk in the Champions League.
City have struggled on their recent visits to Anfield but Klopp insists there will next to no margin for error against Pep Guardiola’s side.
?We have to play our best game on Sunday,’ said the Liverpool boss.
‘Absolutely in the stadium has to be in absolutely top shape, the guy who sells the hot dogs has to be in the top shape. Get early to the stadium, wait for the warm-up, be there.
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