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Even Klopp is surprised at how good Van Dijk is

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Jurgen Klopp admits even he is taken aback by just how good of an all-round player Virgil Van Dijk is.

While Jordan Henderson has taken all the plaudits for Liverpool this season, you would be hard pushed to ignore the ever-present impact of Virgil Van Dijk.

The giant dutch defender has not only been solid at the back, but he has also contributed with a certain attacking prowess too.

His manager Jurgen Klopp cannot hide the joy he has coaching a player of Van Dijk’s ability and persona.

While the Liverpool boss admits he always knew he was singing a top player, he also acknowledges the fact he underestimated the completeness of the Dutchman.

In an interview reported by Goal, Klopp said:

“He’s good, pretty good. He’s a good centre-half.

“No, he’s special, his combination of skills is special, his mindset – on top of that – is special.

“This makes him a pretty good centre-half and a good guy as well, which I like a lot. I would work with him as well if he was a little more difficult to be with, but he’s really low maintenance.

“He’s really nice to have. We knew when we signed him we’d get a really good player, but the package is so special, and we had no idea about that. That makes him really, really exciting.”