Jurgen Klopp gives fitness update on Virgil Van Dijk

Virgil Van Dijk is continuing with his rehabilitation programme.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp admits that their star defender is a long-time away from a return to action.

Van Dijk has been sidelined since October with cruciate ligament damage and was not expected to make a return in this campaign.


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Klopp said: “I don’t have enough English words to describe the same thing more often. Yes, he is running – Hendo is running, Joe is running, Joel is running. That’s all good; imagine they wouldn’t be able to run in the moment, that would be really bad.

“They are running and in rehab it always starts with straight-line running; I’m not sure if you saw Virg running a lot of curves or just straight, so there are a lot of things to come. You go through a lot of steps until you are finally ready to join team training, especially with long-term injuries – there are a lot of steps to go and they are all quite a way from that.

“It means nobody told me, ‘Fasten your seatbelt, make yourself ready, the boys will be in team training next week.’ No, nothing changed really, but they are in a good way.”


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