Friday, 22 September, 2017

No hard feelings with Van Dijk at Southampton, says Bertrand

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Spencer Simpson | 17 September, 2017, 00:51

But Klopp has hit back at suggestions that he did not consider alternatives to Van Dijk, insisting the players he watched would not have improved his side.

Southampton then refused to sell the Dutch defender and Klopp, who was reportedly understood to not have a Plan B, was left to start the season with the defenders already in the squad.

Klopp's midweek assertion that his scouts had been unconvinced after watching potential alternatives to their main target Van Dijk about "500 million times" attracted scorn on social media with some fans complaining that the German was starting to sound like former manager Brendan Rodgers in his final days. There was no solution.

"I see this game as an opportunity to try to get better from the last performance".

Kalidou Koulibaly and Davinson Sanchez were two players suggested by journalists at Klopp's presser.

"A mistake they all made in their life - but it is like, "he is a £65m signing, he will improve".

Considering how public it was the Liverpool were indeed desperate to sign the Southampton forward last season it's surprising he didn't turn around and shout, "Don't you think I f**king tried mate?" We want to make the right decisions. A big part of football and life is really put faith in the people you work with - trust them - because they all can improve.

"For me, it's really hard always to come to your planet, visit you and say "yeah you're right, there were five good options out there and we missed them because, I don't know, we wanted to spend the money anywhere else".

"I believe in trust", said the 50-year-old, whose side host Burnley in the Premier League today. When I came in, we were ninth and now, "oof". "My job is really to get the best out of these boys".

'Oh yeah, sometimes they make bulls**t, and we are not happy.

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