Jurgen Klopp has dismissed Jamie Carragher’s suggestion that new Liverpool FC signing Virgil van Dijk needs to lose weight.
The Reds signed the Netherlands international in a club record £75m deal from Premier League rivals Southampton in the January transfer window.
Liverpool FC made the 26-year-old the most expensive defender in the world in order to secure the Dutch centre-half’s signature amid interest from their rivals.
Van Dijk scored the winner on his debut in a 2-1 victory over derby rivals Everton in the FA Cup third round at Anfield last month.
Liverpool FC lost 1-0 to Premier League strugglers Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium on Van Dijk’s top-flight debut for his new employers.
Klopp left Van Dijk on the bench for Liverpool FC’s 3-0 victory over Huddersfield Town in the Premier League on Tuesday night.
Former Reds defender Carragher claimed that Van Dijk was a little overweight after the Dutchman missed pre season at Southampton following a lengthy injury lay-off.
However, Liverpool FC boss Klopp rubbished the legend’s suggestion and underlined Van Dijk’s weight is not an issue.
“I’m sure Jamie needs to lose a little bit of weight,” Klopp told his pre-match media conference at Melwood on Friday.
“I know it’s not the case for Virgil. He’s a big tall lad that’s how it is. We have the best nutrition department – no one has come to me and said that.
“Being fit means having more muscle than anything else. It’s not an issue.”
Liverpool FC will take on top-six rivals Tottenham Hotspur in their next Premier League game at Anfield on Sunday afternoon.
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