Virgil van Dijk is teasing Liverpool fans by posting a clip of himself running on their training ground as the Dutch defender continues on his way to recovery after his horror injury in the Merseyside derby in October.
- Virgil van Dijk wants to make his comeback after months on the sidelines
- The Dutchman was injured by his ACL during the Merseyside derby in October
- The defender boosted fans and posted a video of himself during training
Virgil van Dijk has given Liverpool fans a welcome boost after posting a video of himself during a training session making a comeback to full fitness.
The Dutchman has been sidelined since October – when he sustained a horrific injury to his anterior cruciate ligaments after a terrible challenge from Jordan Pickford at the Merseyside Derby.
The defender was feared to miss the rest of the season, but he has provided a handful of positive updates on social media in recent weeks – showing that he trains in the gym and works with the ball.
Virgil van Dijk teased Liverpool fans about possible comeback after posting video of herself during practice
And now he has given the biggest indication he could ever have in the last five games of the campaign when he was seen jogging across the turf at Liverpool’s new AXA training complex.
Van Dijk’s clip was accompanied by Fleetwood Mac’s song Dreams when he posted a wave emoji, and his Tweet has sparked some excitement within the Reds fanbase as they hope he can return to help them get to the top four to finish.
One supporter wrote, “Come back and save us boy,” while another simply said, “OMG HE IS RUNNING.”
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
And another confidently said, “Once the big man returns, most of our troubles will be over. Miss him so much man. ‘
Van Dijk – who hopes to return in time to play for the Netherlands at Euro 2020 – said earlier this month that due to his major injury, he didn’t take anything for granted in his career, as he focuses on getting back on the field.
“During this time of being injured, you have to think about many things and appreciate even more what you have,” he said. JBL.
‘Obviously it’s not easy, but the most important thing for me is to stay true to myself and work as hard as possible.
So when the time comes back and I will play again I just have to enjoy it and try to be the best player I can be.
‘I will not take anything for granted. I just work, enjoy myself, have a smile on my face and try to keep fit. ‘
Van Dijk has been a huge loss for Liverpool this season, and his absence was one of many for Jurgen Klopp, with the Reds having their title defense dismantled by a crippling injury crisis.
The Reds took a huge blow when van Dijk injured his ACL against Everton in October
Klopp was forced to play some youngsters in the back after also losing Joel Matip and Joe Gomez to injuries, with inexperienced Nat Phillips regularly playing alongside new hire Ozan Kabak.
Their improvised foursome has cost Liverpool this season due to a lack of solidity that they lost six games in a row at home, with their hopes of retaining the title quickly fading.
They were left with a challenge to finish in the top four, but thanks to a string of improved results, they have a better shot at Champions League football next season.
Klopp’s men are four points behind fourth-place Chelsea, who look like favorites to cling to last place, before the Reds face a tough trip to Man United.