Virgil Van Dijk has revealed his opinion regarding Jurgen Klopp’s decision to leave him on the bench for the game against Huddersfield Town last Tuesday.
Officially the most expensive defender in football history, van Dijk arrived at Anfield this January from Southampton for a reported fee of £75 million following excellent performances at the ranks of the Saints.
Klopp brought the Dutch centre-half to bolster his backline following a couple of scandalous mistakes made by Dejan Lovren and Joel Matip that cost the Reds some valuable points.
The 26-year-old Dutchman will have the opportunity to prove his worth over the course of the season, as Liverpool have commitments in the domestic championship as well as in the Champions League.
Talking about the game with Huddersfield, Van Dijk approved the manager’s not to include him in the first-team, stating that he still has to adapt and earn his starting spot.
“It doesn’t mean because I was bought for so much money that I am going to play every week,” he said.
“I still need to prove myself.”
Once Van Dijk finds his best physical shape, he is expected to carry Liverpool’s defense alongside one of Lovren, Matip, and Ragnar Klavan.