Virgil van Dijk gave a speech and asked the players to give everything for Jurgen Klopp in the last six months at Liverpool.

Virgil van Dijk gave a speech and asked the players to give everything for Jurgen Klopp in the last six months at Liverpool.

Jurgen Klopp and Virgil van Dijk are pictured in connection with the Europa League Round of 16 match against Sparta Prague, a match which Liverpool won 6-1. Photograph: Lee Smith/Reuters/NTB

None of the Liverpool players knew anything until Jurgen Klopp told them of his decision.

The German shocked everyone when he announced last January that he would step down as Liverpool coach after this season.

It happened there The athlete Was present, vice-captain Trent Alexander-Arnold told that Klopp summoned the players on the morning the news became known.

Alexander-Arnold reveals that captain Virgil van Dijk immediately took the floor and gave a speech after Klopp finished.

Ferg said: This is big news that will shake the world of football, but we cannot let it distract us. We should use it as motivation. “The coach has led us to so much success, he has enabled us to achieve our dreams, so we owe it to ourselves to give him the best farewell,” said fellow defender Trent Alexander-Arnold.

Liverpool have already won one title since then. They won the League Cup after beating Chelsea. Van Dijk was the match winner in a dramatic match.

– He said that if people think this will make us lose focus, then we have to prove them wrong, says Alexander Arnold.

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Alexander Arnold says of his reaction:

– Klopp told us that he needs a break to spend some time with his family. I didn't know what to do and thought: “Is this a joke?”

– None of us were ready for this. After he left the room, we sat there thinking “what exactly happened now?”. But you just have to accept that and do your job.

Liverpool were eliminated from the FA Cup, but reached the quarter-finals of the Europa League, thus leading the Premier League by two points ahead of Arsenal and three points ahead of Manchester City with nine matches remaining.

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