Jurgen Klopp confirms Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk IS fit for huge clash with Manchester City

Jurgen Klopp confirms Virgil van Dijk IS fit for huge clash with title rivals Manchester City after the defender missed training… to have lunch with the Dutch Royal Family

  • Virgil van Dijk missed training on Thursday, leading to fears he could be injured
  • Holland star was back in his homeland to have lunch with the Dutch Royal Family
  • Jurgen Klopp says Van Dijk is ‘fine’ to face Manchester City at Anfield on Sunday
  • Jordan Henderson has recovered from illness but Joel Matip will miss out again 

Jurgen Klopp has ended fears that Virgil van Dijk could miss Sunday’s clash with title rivals Manchester City after confirming the defender is fit and ready to play.

Supporters were left concerned on Thursday when the £75million Holland star failed to train alongside his team-mates ahead of the biggest game of the season so far.

But Klopp has revealed that Van Dijk’s absence was nothing to do with an injury after he returned to his homeland to have lunch with the Dutch Royal Family.

Virgil van Dijk, pictured in action against Genk on Tuesday, is fit to face Manchester City

Van Dijk travelled to Holland for lunch with the Dutch Royal Family. King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima are pictured at a film premiere in Amsterdam last month

Van Dijk travelled to Holland for lunch with the Dutch Royal Family. King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima are pictured at a film premiere in Amsterdam last month 

‘Virg was for other reasons not here yesterday but is completely fine,’ Klopp said during his pre-match conference.

Klopp also confirmed that Jordan Henderson is ready to face Pep Guardiola’s men after illness forced him out of Tuesday night’s win over Genk.

However, Joel Matip, Xherdan Shaqiri and Nathaniel Clyne remain on the sidelines.  

‘Jordan is completely fine,’ Klopp added. ‘Joel [Matip] is still out, like Shaq and like Clyney. That’s it, probably.’

Jordan Henderson has recovered from illness and took full part in training on Thursday

Jordan Henderson has recovered from illness and took full part in training on Thursday

Klopp admits his side must be at their best if they are to beat the champions at Anfield

Klopp admits his side must be at their best if they are to beat the champions at Anfield

Klopp also issued a rallying cry to his players – and everyone supporting Liverpool on Sunday at Anfield – as the Reds look to go nine points clear at the top of the table. 

‘We have to play our best game. Everyone in the stadium has to be in top shape,’ he said.

‘The guys who sell the hot dogs have to be in the best shape! That’s what I wish for.

‘Before we know if we get something from it, we invest everything.’

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