Lovren delighted with Van Dijk partnership

Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren has spoken of his happiness with regards to how quickly he has formed a partnership with January signing Virgil van Dijk.

The Reds signed Netherlands international Van Dijk for a fee that could rise up to £75m at the start of the year, a deal that smashed the world record transfer fee for a defensive player.

Van Dijk has since been imposing for Liverpool, slotting into the defence seamlessly and adding another dimension to Jurgen Klopp’s side.

As quoted by the Liverpool Echo, Lovren discussed just what it’s like to play alongside the former Celtic defender, with the Croatian having turned in some steady performances over recent weeks.

To be honest I didn’t expect that we would be so quick (to settle) together. But when you are a top centre-back I think it is normal and Virgil is one of them. Of course he needs some time to adapt because Southampton to Liverpool is different.

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But he understands what the manager wants, although sometimes I have to remind him also. I help him as much as I can. It is a difficult period sometimes to adapt but he is managing it quite well.

Van Dijk was courted by Klopp for some time now and it comes as no surprise to see him establishing himself as a key man for the Reds despite having joined only last month.

Everyone is behind him and giving him support and he did brilliant against Porto. Everyone did from the back line and the midfield – I don’t need to talk about the strikers.