Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp dismisses touchline rant at Virgil van Dijk as ‘normal’

Jurgen Klopp dismisses his touchline rant at Virgil van Dijk as ‘normal’ after Dutch star felt the wrath of Liverpool boss for slack defending in draw with Brighton

  • Jurgen Klopp could be seen shouting at Virgil van Dijk during the second-half
  • The touchline blast came as Liverpool blew a two-goal at Anfield on Saturday 
  • Klopp berated Van Dijk for being too far away from Brighton’s Solly March  

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has played down his angry rant at Virgil van Dijk during Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Brighton.

Liverpool raced into a two-goal inside 24 minutes with goals from Jordan Henderson and Sadio Mane at Anfield.

But Brighton hit back with goals from Enock Mwepu just before half-time and Leandro Trossard in the 65th minute.

Virgil van Dijk was berated by Jurgen Klopp for being too far away from Solly March

During the second half, Klopp could be seen berating Van Dijk from the touchline. 

When asked about his tense exchange after match, Klopp said: ‘Don’t know 100 per cent, we have conversations quite a lot of times.

‘So, there is never one explanation, you cannot now make a massive story of that because I said before we didn’t defend the half-spaces right. That’s the problem.

Liverpool boss dismissed his touchline rant at Van Dijk on Saturday as 'normal'

Liverpool boss dismissed his touchline rant at Van Dijk on Saturday as ‘normal’

‘When the guy on the ball is not under pressure, you cannot have a high last line, so then the last line drops in that moment and all of a sudden we put pressure on it and then they have to push up again.

‘So, these kind of things, we have clear rules, clear moments for when we do what. It’s not an easy one.

‘Now I know it [what the exchange was about], it was the one where [Solly] March was pretty much the only player up-front for Brighton and Virgil was too far away.

‘In that moment it was about that but yes, a normal coach-player talk.’