Van Dijk reveals he had to tell Klopp how he felt in heated exchange during 3-0 defeat to Napoli

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VIRGIL VAN DIJK has revealed he and Jurgen Klopp had a heated exchange of views during Liverpool’s 3-0 defeat to Napoli.

The European champions went down to Carlo Ancelotti’s side during a pre-season where they have beaten Tranmere and Bradford, but lost to Borussia Dortmund, Sevilla and now Napoli, with a draw against Sporting Lisbon.

Virgil van Dijk and Jurgen Klopp had a terse exchange of words after Napoli scored their first goal at Murrayfield
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Jurgen Klopp was not impressed with the Reds’ defending during their 3-0 defeat to Napoli
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After Napoli went 1-0 up through Lorenzo Insigne, the Dutchman, 28, had a row with his German boss.

Asked what the incident was about, Van Dijk said “Just things… between me and him.

“It’s not necessary to reveal what. I think everyone has to communicate with each other.

“Sometimes you have to tell someone the truth, that’s how it is.”

While the squad has been shuffled around, with certain big names like Mo Salah and Sadio Mane missing after the African Cup of Nations.

Alisson Becker and Roberto Firmino have been playing for Brazil in the Copa America while Xherdan Shaqiri and Naby Keita are recovering from injury.

Liverpool face Lyon in Geneva on Wednesday then Manchester City in the Community Shield on Sunday, before hosting Norwich in the first Premier League game of the season on Friday August 9.

When asked about their trip to Switzerland, Klopp said: “It’s massively important.

“I found out a couple of seconds ago that everybody is fine, the boys are coming in on time with their flights.


“So this afternoon we will have Shaq, Naby, Bobby, Mo, Alisson in training, which is great.

“We have a game on Wednesday and they can play 10, 20, 30 minutes, 30 probably.

“Apart from that we have to prepare for the game on Sunday, the first proper game of the new season.”

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