Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp proved right with Paul Pogba transfer comments

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp 's 2017 comments about Paul Pogba 's then world record move to Manchester United have unfortunately been proven right after Virgil van Dijk suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury in the Merseyside derby against Everton.

After Pogba completed his return to Old Trafford from Juventus for a bumper £89m, Klopp was asked for his thoughts on the amount of money involved in the transfer.

"If you bring one player in for £100million and he gets injured, then it all goes through the chimney," the former Borussia Dortmund manager said.

"The day that this is football, I'm not in a job anymore, because the game is about playing together.

"That is how everybody in football understands it. You always want to have the best, but building the group is necessary to be successful.

"Other clubs can go out and spend more money and collect top players. I want to do it differently. I would even do it differently if I could spend that money."

Since then, Klopp has forked out £75m on Van Dijk and £56m on Alisson Becker, world record fees for players in their respective positions.

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And now his assertion about what happens if a big money buy becomes injured will be tested, with Van Dijk set to miss a number of months after undergoing knee surgery.

However, Klopp is backing Joel Matip and Joe Gomez to fill the void left by Van Dijk, saying: "They can play together – not a shadow of a doubt.

"As I said for the Fabinho and Joe pairing, they need to get used to each other and the full-backs need to get used to them.

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"The more stability you have in this line, the better. We never had that really, especially one position was always with a lot of changes. They will fight together, there is no doubt about that.

"It is football and it didn't become rocket science overnight. We can help them with information but then they will get tested every three days, that's the situation."

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