Klopp be­wil­dered by Van Dijk Ballon d’Or snub

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LIVERPOOL man­ager Jur­gen Klopp be­lieves Vir­gil van Dijk would have been a wor­thy win­ner of the Ballon d’Or but un­der­stands why Lionel Messi lifted it for a sixth time.

The Dutch cap­tain came sec­ond to the Ar­gentina for­ward de­spite play­ing a huge role as Liverpool won the Cham­pi­ons League last sea­son, over­com­ing Messi’s Barcelona in the semi-fi­nal.

“I see it slightly dif­fer­ent and a lot of peo­ple see it slightly dif­fer­ent but that’s ab­so­lutely no prob­lem,” said Klopp. “Lionel Messi, I’ve said prob­a­bly 500,000 times in my life al­ready, is prob­a­bly the best player I saw in my life­time.

“But I can­not re­mem­ber a more im­pres­sive sea­son from a de­fender ever. Hon­estly. So it would have been right if Virg won it. I heard it was pretty close.”

Klopp’s men are likely to be in con­tention for in­di­vid­ual awards again next year should they fi­nally end a 30-year wait to win a league ti­tle.

Pic­ture: AAP

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