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Jurgen Klopp explains why Virgil van Dijk was substituted in Brentford loss

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From Gtech Group Stadium – Jurgen Klopp has given a purpose as to why he introduced off Virgil van Dijk at half-time in Liverpool’s 3-1 loss at Brentford on Monday.

The Reds fell behind to an personal aim from Ibrahima Konate earlier than poor defending allowed Yoane Wissa so as to add a second earlier than the half-time break.

Klopp hauled off Van Dijk, Kostas Tsimikas and Harvey Elliott on the interval, changing them with Joel Matip, Andy Robertson and Naby Keita. A quick begin to the second half noticed Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain pull one again, however Bryan Mbeumo iced the sport late on.

Talking to the press post-match, Klopp was quizzed on his resolution to withdraw Van Dijk particularly.

“Hopefully not [an injury]. Virgil felt his muscle a little bit and that’s positive, he is a very good decide of those form of issues. However I did not need to take any danger,” he stated.

“The physios appeared fairly joyful once I stated we do not take dangers. I believe it isn’t an damage, it is simply he felt the depth.”

Explaining why he introduced off Tsimikas and Elliott, Klopp added: “The opposite two issues had been tactical. We clearly have alternatives, we may carry Naby on, who I believe performed a extremely good sport, and Robbo, and he was within the first motion after half-time. He was what we would have liked, we would have liked that pace in behind. That was the explanation for these two modifications.”

Liverpool now sit 4 factors behind fourth-placed Manchester United having performed a sport greater than their bitter foes.

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