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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp pleased with Virgil van Dijk, Dejan Lovren pairing

Klopp pleased with Van Dijk, Lovren pairing
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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp admits that he has been delighted with the development of the defensive partnership between Virgil van Dijk and Dejan Lovren.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has acknowledged that he has been left delighted with the partnership between Virgil van Dijk and Dejan Lovren.

Before Christmas, there were lingering doubts over the consistency of Liverpool's backline, but the big-money signing of Van Dijk from Southampton has led to a top-four finish in the Premier League and a place in the Champions League final.

However, while praising the impact of Van Dijk, Klopp has suggested that his squad also deserve credit for helping the Dutchman settle into the team.

At a press conference, the 50-year-old told reporters: "We should have bought them together! I was not in doubt about [Lovren]. They obviously have a good relationship.

"Yes, Virgil helped us 100%, but the team helped him as well. He has had difficult moments in different games, but he is in a good way to become a real man.

"He's really important for us - really calm and top quality. I can imagine it is good to play next to him."

Van Dijk has made 21 starts for the Merseyside giants since the start of 2018.

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2Liverpool97201631323
3Chelsea96302071321
4Tottenham HotspurSpurs9702167921
5Arsenal86021910918
6Bournemouth95221612417
7Watford95131312116
8Everton94321512315
9Wolverhampton WanderersWolves943298115
10Manchester UnitedMan Utd94231516-114
11Leicester CityLeicester84041412212
12Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton93241013-311
13Burnley92251017-78
14West Ham UnitedWest Ham9216814-67
15Crystal Palace9216511-67
16Southampton9135614-86
17Cardiff CityCardiff9126819-115
18Fulham91261125-145
19Huddersfield TownHuddersfield9036418-143
20Newcastle UnitedNewcastle9027614-82

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