Klopp: Van Dijk Recovery ‘Really Promising’

Jurgen Klopp has said that Virgil van Dijk is responding positively. “He looks really good. I spoke with him this morning on the phone and he is in a really good mood, so it’s all very promising”, the coach hinted.

Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has made “really promising” progress in his rehabilitation from an anterior cruciate ligament injury.

Van Dijk has missed the majority of the season after sustaining the injury in a challenge with Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford during the Merseyside derby on October 17.

Klopp has confirmed the 29-year-old is progressing well in his recovery but says it is too early to predict a potential return date for the Netherlands international.

“I don’t know what is possible and what is not possible, I don’t know if I’m the right person to judge that 100 per cent, but he looks really good,” said the Liverpool manager.

“I spoke with him this morning on the phone and he is in a really good mood, so it’s all very promising. But I don’t know when he will be back.

“There are a lot of stages still to go over and to pass – that is clear. I had this injury myself.

“But for the time we are in, for how long he is out now and how long the rehabilitation has been going on, he looks really, really promising.”

Liverpool have struggled for consistency without Van Dijk in central defence and have dropped to fourth in the Premier League following Sunday’s goalless draw with Manchester United.

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