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Klopp and Van Dijk claim December awards

Liverpool celebrated December awards double as Jurgen Klopp was named the Barclays Manager of the Month and Virgil van Dijk won the EA Sports Player of the Month prize.

“It’s nice, the icing on the cake,” said Klopp, whose first award came in September 2016. “It was a very successful but difficult month.

“Each game felt like the most important one of the season. It was unbelievable. The intensity was massive but that’s what made it a special month.”

Van Dijk claimed the EA SPORTS award for the first time. Indeed, he is the first defender to be named Player of the Month since Jan Vertonghen in March 2013.

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