Tuesday 2 February 2021
Liverpool coach Juergen Klopp has confirmed that he is not waiting for Virgil van Dyck, the Reds’ defender, to return to play this season, stressing that it is not impossible.
Liverpool is preparing to face Brighton tomorrow night, in the 22nd round of the English Premier League.
During the press conference for the match, Klopp spoke about the deals concluded by the Reds’ management in the last hours before the winter transfer window was closed.
Liverpool signed Ouzan Kabak (German Schalke) and Benjamin Davis, Preston defender, active in the English Championship (Championship).
Klopp said: “Ben Davis is a good player, he knows how to play a lot of games, a player with experience and a desire to improve.”
He added, “The contract with him was interesting. I look forward to talking to him as things went quickly. During the past few weeks and days, we studied the situation and made the decision that we have to do.”
Klopp touched on Kabak, and said: “Weights are talent and he has proven a lot. He is here now in a stable team that can help us and we can help him.”
He continued: “David Wagner (former Schalke coach) spoke about him well. Weight is 20 years old and plays his fourth season in professional football. His team is in trouble but has nothing to do with that.”
And he continued: “No single player can change a team, even in the season in which he fell with Stuttgart to the second division, he had a good season.”
He continued, “Our problem for months has been that if something happens, we do not know what to do. We have found some good solutions and we have more options, but they are not perfect.”
About Matip’s absence, he replied: “I have nothing to say. The things that happened with our players are unbelievable. Certainly a heavy blow. We lost a player and a person for a while. He is unlucky.”
And about facing Brighton, he said: “I respect the team and respect what its coach does. They have a clear mind. Good players are in their right positions. They scored a deserved victory against Tottenham.”
Asked if he could push the new duo into tomorrow’s match, he said, “It’s not a great idea.”
When asked about the date of Van Dyck’s return, he said: “The doctor did not tell me that there is a chance for Virgil to play again this season, I do not want to say that it is impossible, but this is unlikely.”
It is worth noting that Liverpool ranks third in the Premier League table with 40 points.