EPL: Real reason I substituted Van Dijk during half time of 3-1 defeat at Brentford – Klopp

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Jurgen Klopp, manager of Liverpool, has explained why he took Virgil van Dijk off during the break in their 3-1 loss to Brentford on Monday night.

After Ben Mee and Yoane Wissa scored in the first half, the Reds were already two goals down.

Many onlookers believed Klopp had taken Van Dijk off because he was performing poorly.

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Liverpool’s performance improved significantly in the second half, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scoring shortly after the restart. Kostas Tsimikas and Harvey Elliott were both substituted.

However, following the game, the former Borussia Dortmund manager insisted that the Dutchman was injured.

“Virgil felt his hamstring a little bit. He said he was fine but when I said “we don’t take any risks” the physios were quite happy with that.

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“I think it’s nothing serious, but that’s why we changed him,” Klopp told beIN Sports.

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