Virgil Van Dijk may very well be set for his first look in 9 months after struggling an anterior cruciate ligament damage in October 2020.
The Dutchman has been a commanding determine within the coronary heart of the Liverpool defence and his damage derailed the membership’s possibilities of retaining the title or successful any sort of silverware final season.
While he didn’t single-handedly remodel Liverpool’s defence since his £75 million arrival from Southampton in January 2018, he performed an enormous half within the membership’s success.
Previous to his damage, the Netherlands captain was an ever-present for the Reds. In the course of the Premier League and Champions League successful campaigns he didn’t miss a minute of the league seasons.
The devastating damage final season additionally compelled him to sit down out of the European Championship this summer time.
Nonetheless, Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that he’s in competition to play on Thursday because the Reds tackle Hertha Berlin in a pre-season pleasant.
“I hope, I’m not certain, that there’s the chance that Virgil may play a couple of minutes,” Klopp instructed Liverpoolfc.com.
“He seems to be actually good in coaching and perhaps we are able to deliver [him in], however I have to have some closing conversations. He seems to be prepared and we are going to see. In the event you see the video games now as a part of their rehab coaching, that is smart.”
Klopp additionally added that Joe Gomez, one other centre-back who missed a lot of final season and needed to sit at house while England reached the ultimate of Euro 2020, may be again very quickly.
“Joey may be very shut. There isn’t a race between the 2 of them; they’d completely different accidents and stuff like this, however [he is] very shut.”
“If Virgil can play now then in all probability Joey can within the recreation after. We are going to see. In coaching they each look actually good.”
With Joel Matip additionally again and new signing Ibrahima Konate settling in effectively along with his new team-mates, Liverpool are set to be a power once more this season.
They won’t have loved seeing Manchester City take the Premier League trophy off them and you may place a robust wager that Liverpool shall be going all out to win their 20th league title this season.