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Liverpool defender Van Dijk pleased with Klopp 'connection'

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk is pleased over his "connection" with manager Jurgen Klopp.

The Dutchman says his gaffer always has a way of keeping him grounded.

Van Dijk said: “I have a very similar connection with Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool as I had earlier with Ronald Koeman at Southampton and I still have with Koeman with the national team.

“Like Koeman, Klopp knows ­exactly how to get the best out of me – by being critical. When the media are hyping me and being very positive, he will downplay the praise all that – often with a wink.

“When I was voted UEFA Player of the Year recently and had to go to the awards ceremony, Jurgen told all the lads at Liverpool that I was picking up the trophy on ­behalf of the entire team.

“All the boys in the squad know I can take that sort of stuff very well.

“I know what he means. At the same time, the boss gives me a lot of respect and responsibility."

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