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Liverpool defender Van Dijk grateful to Lukkien, Koeman

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk admits he's grateful for the coaches he's had during his career.

Speaking with De Telegraaf before last night's Club World Cup triumph over Flamengo, Van Dijk paid tribute to the coaches he'd worked with.

Discussing the impact of Reds boss Jurgen Klopp, he stated: "At the best moments in my career I got the perfect coaches in my presence.

"At Groningen I had such a bond with Dick Lukkien, who is now at Emmen.

"With the Dutch national team I have such a bond with Ronald Koeman and with Liverpool it is so with Klopp."

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