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Klopp backs van Dijk to ban Goodison Park injury memories and play against Everton

The Merseyside derby through Stanley Park represents the first such meeting since the Dutch defender suffered a knee injury that ruled him out for most of last season.

Liverpool were furious with Jordan Pickford for his challenge to Van Dijk and Klopp hinted he remained unhappy that the Everton keeper escaped a red card last October, but the manager is now focused on three points in middle of the week.

“We’re human beings so it’s probably hard to forget and ignore something like that of course, but the situation was a situation that can always happen in football,” Klopp told reporters.

“It’s a situation that shouldn’t happen in football. It doesn’t happen very often, I can’t remember since then that it happened in one game.

“It’s bad luck when a player gets injured like that. It should have been treated differently but that’s no longer important.

“But Virgil is very experienced and he now has these kinds of situations constantly since he was back where he’s always faced all this stuff, where he has to be completely free from whatever he might have in it. head because of a problem in the past.

“So yeah, it could be more different because it’s the same place but other than that it’s just a football game.”

Klopp also insisted his side wouldn’t be thinking about his previous visit to Goodison when the derby kicks off, with Thiago Alcantara also injured by Richarlison’s red card challenge at the end of last season’s 2-2 draw. .

“It was a long time ago,” he noted. “It’s always important in football. We play football. We’re still an emotional team but you have to use the emotion in the right way and that’s the plan.”


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