Why Virgil van Dijk missed FIFA Club World Cup clash against Monterrey
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Why Virgil van Dijk missed FIFA Club World Cup clash against Monterrey

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk sat out of the 2-1 win over Monterrey in the FIFA Club World Cup semi-finals due to illness.

There were doubts as to whether the Dutchman would start as he missed some of the training sessions when the team arrived in Qatar.

Liverpool booked their place in Saturday’s final against Brazilian outfit Flamengo after Roberto Firmino scored a last gasp winner against Monterrey with the teams locked at 1-1 in the final minutes of the clash.

With Joel Matip and Dejan Lovren out through injury Jordan Henderson filled in the gap at center-back for Virgil van Dijk.

Speaking ahead of the clash, Klopp confirmed that Henderson's inclusion in defense was a stop-gap measure, "The solution we have was not planned like this.

"We knew it would be a center-midfield player if the others were not available. In this case it is Virgil [van Dijk]. We have trained it already so we thought it could be difficult. That must be enough.

"If a player is ill then there is no chance to risk him because he is not even out of the room. He is really struggling but obviously he is on the way to getting better, but obviously tonight, no chance."