Jurgen Klopp gives an update on Van Dijk and Gomez return

Virgil Van Dijk could return for Hertha Berlin friendly.

The 30-year old missed most of the 2020/21 campaign due to the crucial ligament injury he endured back in October last year.

Klopp believes that Van Dijk is nearing a long-awaited comeback ahead of their friendly against Hertha Berlin on Thursday.

“I hope, I am not sure, that there is the opportunity that Virgil could play a few minutes,” Klopp has told the club’s official website.

“He looks really good in training and maybe we can bring [him in], but I need to have some final conversations. He looks ready and we will see.”

The German manager also highlighted Joe Gomez’s injury who has been sidelined for the past nine months because of his serious knee injury.

“If you see the games now as part of their rehab training, that makes sense,” Klopp added. “Joey is very close. There is no race between the two of them; they had different injuries and stuff like this, but [he is] very close.

“If Virgil can play now 20 then probably Joey can in the game after. We will see. In training they both look really good.

“I think from time to time there are some pictures of them from training sessions and everyone can see how good it looks, but there is no rush for us. It is not about they now need five pre-season games to be ready for the start or whatever.

“It is a long season and we prepare them after these very, very serious injuries for the rest of their careers and not for the first game of the season. Losing a little bit of patience for them to return as a supporter or as a coach even is not bad, it just means they were pretty good and we want them to be back in the team.”


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