Virgil van Dijk is still ‘quite a long way’ from returning from his terrible knee injury, Jurgen Klopp reveals, as Liverpool boss pours cold water on fans’ excitement after the defender posted a clip of himself walking on the training base
- Jurgen Klopp rejected all suggestions that Virgil van Dijk approaches on a return
- Reds defender posted a video clip of himself running on the club’s training ground
- The Liverpool manager revealed that the Dutchman is still ‘a long way’ from a comeback
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp rejected any suggestion that Virgil van Dijk is getting closer to his return.
The Reds defender posted a video clip of himself running on the club’s training ground on Thursday, leaving Liverpool fans excited that a possible return was imminent.
However, Klopp has revealed that the Dutchman, who suffered a gruesome knee injury after a reckless challenge from Jordan Pickford in the Merseyside derby in October, is still ‘a long way’ from full recovery.
Jurgen Klopp poured cold water on fans’ excitement that Virgil van Dijk was close to a return
Reds defender posted a video clip of himself running on the club’s training field on Thursday
“I don’t have enough English words to describe the same thing more often,” the Liverpool boss said during his pre-game press conference against their clash at Manchester United on Sunday.
‘Yes, he is running – Hendo [Jordan Henderson] running, Joe [Gomez] running, Joel [Matip] is running.
‘That’s all good; imagine if they couldn’t run right now, that would be really bad.
Van Dijk sustained a gruesome knee injury after a reckless challenge by Jordan Pickford last year
“They run and in rehab it always starts with running straight; I’m not sure if you’ve seen Virg make a lot of turns or just straight, so lots of things to come.
“ You go through a lot of steps until you are finally ready for team training, especially with long-term injuries – there are still a lot of steps to take and they are all quite a long way off.
“It means no one told me,” Buckle up, get ready, the guys are going into team training next week. ” No, nothing actually changed, but they are in a good way. ‘
Van Dijk has been a huge miss at Liverpool this season as the Reds’ title defense has been cut short by a crippling injury crisis.
Klopp was forced to play some youngsters in the back after losing Matip and Gomez to long-term injuries as well, with the inexperienced Nat Phillips regularly playing alongside Jan Ozan Kabak.
Liverpool’s top four expectations were dented after Newcastle was held to a 1-1 draw last weekend. They are currently four points behind fourth-place Chelsea, who are in the last Champions League spot, with five games to go.