The reason why Van Dijk was benched in AC MIlan tie
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The reason why Van Dijk was benched in AC MIlan tie

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has given the reason why he benched defender Virgil Van Dijk in their Wednesday night Champions League test against AC Milan.

The German admitted that he needs to be careful with the defender after he missed a chunk of last season due to injury.

"It's really difficult; Virgil van Dijk, everybody who saw him warming up tonight probably thought, 'Why is he not playing?' But we have to be sensible in these moments. We have these three boys here in the last line who all came back from long-term injuries. We have to manage that, we can't do it differently. Even if they are fit now, which is great.

"The others were no big changes if you want, Naby Keita started already two or three games this season. Not sure, did Hendo start the last game? Probably not, so that was clear he would start. Played a super game, both of them. Fabinho had to go through, did that, very important.

"Divock Origi, people forget so quick in life and football. He's an outstanding striker and did really well tonight, especially for the long time he didn't start. It's just really difficult to get in this team, to be honest. That makes sometimes life a little bit uncomfortable. But he is a great guy and I'm really happy for him he could play like this tonight," Klopp said.

In the absence of the Dutchman, Klopp partnered Joe Gomez and Matip at the heart of the defence but Dijk is expected to return to the team when they take on Crystal Palace in their next game.

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