Jurgen Klopp believes that Virgil van Dijk is growing in confidence at Liverpool and believes that he has settled in well with his new club
The Dutchman joined Liverpool back in January from Southampton for £75m, but initially struggled to adapt to Liverpool’s playing style.
However, Van Dijk has demonstrated improved performances of late and has earned praise from the team for his composed displays and his range of passes when in possession of the ball.
“He’s just a good lad, to be honest. That’s the most important thing,” he told Liverpoolfc.com.
“We bought him not because he is a good lad but because he is a good footballer. But being a good lad helps a lot to settle in the team immediately – and that’s what he did.
“That he is a good footballer, there was no doubt. Our other four centre-halves are good footballers as well. It only helps. When you have a lot of possession, you need this kind of passing skills in defenders.
“His body language is brilliant, to be honest. He looks like a leader, like a warrior, already like a Liverpool player – that’s good news.
“Of course he has helped us, that’s why we brought him in.”
Liverpool will be hosting FC Porto in the second leg of their Champions League tie on Tuesday night with the Reds having a 5-0 aggregate lead over their Portuguese opponents.