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Klopp issues injury update on Virgin van Dijk and reveals why he will watch Manchester City vs Cardiff

Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk has trained as normal and is available for selection against former club Southampton on Friday, ahead of the game manager Jurgen Klopp has confirmed.

“He did it alone, for what felt like 50 seconds, and he decided 100 per cent right but they still could have scored in that situation,” Klopp said. “Usually defending is teamwork and that helps him and he helps us a lot.

“He has improved us and I think he has improved since he has been here. He is a different player from his time at Southampton. He was good there but with all the different games he has played now in the Champions League, that all help you as a player.

“That’s what you expect when a player comes in, that he makes the whole team better. He is obviously a very good player and he makes players better around him. He is so important to us, not only as a player but as a person as well. I couldn’t say a bad word about him even if I wanted. For a centre-half, he is still young so hopefully, there is more to come and he can stay healthy and everything will be fine.”

Klopp was asked whether he would be watching Manchester City’s match with Cardiff and he said he will “probably” watched.

“I will probably watch it,” he said. “Because we play Cardiff in a few weeks, not because of City.”

Cardiff host Liverpool on April 21, three days before City finally catch up on games played with a Manchester derby at Old Trafford.

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