Jurgen Klopp begs the Netherlands not to risk Virgil van Dijk’s career by choosing him for Euro 2020
Jurgen Klopp says the Netherlands would risk Virgil van Dijk’s CAREER by choosing him for Euro 2020, despite the Liverpool defender posting a clip of himself walking on the training pitch during his recovery from knee surgery.
- Virgil van Dijk has been eliminated since he sustained a knee injury on October 17
- The Dutch defender tore his anterior cruciate ligament in a match with Everton
- Originally, the hope was that Van Dijk would return to Liverpool before the end of the season
- But that seems unlikely despite the defender running again in training
Jurgen Klopp has urged the Netherlands not to jeopardize Virgil van Dijk’s career by rushing him back for this summer’s European Championship.
The Dutch defender has been sidelined with a torn cruciate ligament since October and is unlikely to play for Liverpool before the end of the season.
That’s despite arousing Van Dijk’s fans by posting a video last week of himself walking on the training pitch as he continued to recover.
Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk posted an Instagram clip of himself in training this week, but is unlikely to return to action before the end of the season.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp downplayed the hope that Van Dijk will return to action soon
Van Dijk, 29, is the captain of the Netherlands, but Klopp thinks it is too risky to select him for the rescheduled Euro 2020 tournament, which starts on June 11.
The Liverpool manager said: ‘I don’t want to stop Virgil, but you can’t force it either. You’ve all been in the business long enough to know that if you want to play, you have to train first – and get a good football practice.
‘It takes weeks. Not a week earlier. You can’t be off for 10 or 11 months, train for a week and then play football. That is not possible, it should not be possible.
‘Nobody will stop Virgil – I can promise all people in the Netherlands that we can’t force it, and we won’t.
‘We are talking about a player and his career, so no one can force it and no one will do it.
Van Dijk is the captain of the Netherlands, but Klopp has urged them not to select him for Euro 2020
Van Dijk sustained a gruesome knee injury after a reckless challenge by Jordan Pickford last year
The Reds took a huge blow when van Dijk injured his ACL against Everton in October
‘Not Holland, not us and neither Virgil. It’s about getting as fit as possible.
‘Nobody knows exactly when that will be at the moment, but you can imagine that it will be very, very tight with the European Championship because he is not yet in team training and will not be there in the coming weeks.
‘So I do not know. But in the end, it’s Virgil’s decision, and he’ll be greatly affected by the feeling in his knee. ‘
Van Dijk has been eliminated after injuring the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee following a challenge from Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford in the Merseyside derby at Goodison Park on October 17.
The Dutchman has provided a number of encouraging updates to supporters in recent weeks
He is pictured in the gym doing some ball work as he strives to return to action
The defender had to undergo surgery and spent time in Dubai during his rehabilitation. But the initial optimism that he would return before the end of the season and prove his suitability for Euro 2020 has faded.
His absence had a major effect on Liverpool’s title defense in the Premier League and they are fighting to qualify for next season’s Champions League as they head to Old Trafford on Sunday to play against Manchester United.
De Boer insists that the final decision rests with the player and that he must submit his team list for the tournament – with 26 names instead of the usual 23 – before June 1.
The Netherlands will play against Scotland on June 2 and Georgia in warm-up matches on June 6 before starting their tournament against Ukraine in Amsterdam on June 13. Austria and North Macedonia also play in their group.