Jurgen Klopp reacts to Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk missing out on Ballon d’Or award to Lionel Messi

Virgil van Dijk was voted as runner-up to Lionel Messi in the 2019 Ballon d'Or award
was voted as runner-up to within the 2019 Ballon d’Or award (Picture: Getty)

Jurgen Klopp insists he can not keep in mind witnessing a extra spectacular season from a defender than the one which earned Virgil van Dijk the runner-up spot at this yr’s Ballon d’Or ceremony.

The Netherlands worldwide performed a pivotal position in Liverpool’s Champions League profitable marketing campaign and was the linchpin of a defence which conceded simply 22 targets within the Premier League because the Reds missed out on the title by a single level, regardless of dropping only a solitary match.

Van Dijk, who additionally helped a rejuvenated Dutch staff attain the inaugural ultimate if UEFA’s Nations League, has begun this season in equally imperious kind and scored twice in Saturday’s 2-1 win over Brighton.

Despite the 28-year-old’s continued excellence, Van Dijk had to accept second place as Lionel Messi received his sixth Ballon d’Or title to transfer one forward of long-term rival Cristiano Ronaldo.



‘I cannot remember a more impressive season from a defender,’ mentioned Klopp at his pre-match press convention forward of tomorrow evening’s Merseyside derby.

‘We performed an excellent season, we received the Champions League and obtained 97 factors, we can not do this with out-performing gamers.

‘It is nice but it is last season, I am sure now all awards are done and the boys can go for new awards if they want.’

Liverpool’s rapid focus can be on sustaining their eight-point lead on the high of the Premier League desk and increasing their astonishing dwelling document in opposition to a beleagured Everton, whose supervisor Marco Silva is battling to save his job.

‘The desk tells the total fact on the finish of the season, mentioned Klopp.

‘If you go through the Everton squad nobody denies it’s a extremely good squad.

‘They have tough accidents, particularly the Gomes one. Delph too is a vital participant for them.

‘There is a lot of pressure of course, Everton is an ambitious club, rightly so. They are not the only ones in this situation, this league is really different for everyone.’

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