VVD in line for Liverpool return

27 July 2021 00:31:05 GMTPlus10
Virgil van Dijk is closing on a return to fitness

Jurgen Klopp has revealed Virgil van Dijk could be given some minutes in Liverpool's pre-season friendly against Hertha Berlin on Thursday.

The Netherlands international's absence from the Reds' side was felt hard last season as they lost their grip on the Premier League title, which they are 7/2 to win in 2021/22, to Manchester City.

Euros heartache

Van Dijk suffered a season-ending knee injury in the Merseyside derby in October after being clattered by Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, with that issue also ruling the defender out of the European Championships.

The 30-year-old, who arrived at Anfield in January 2018 from Southampton, has been working hard to get back to full fitness and he could now be in line to make his first appearance in over nine months.

I need to have some final conversations. He looks ready and we will see.

Jurgen Klopp

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Klopp had initially said the centre-back wouldn't be ready for Thursday but, after reviewing Van Dijk's progress, he could now play some part against Hertha.

Speaking to the official club website, Klopp said: "I hope, I am not sure, that there is the opportunity that Virgil could play a few minutes. 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.

"If you see the games now as part of their rehab training, that makes sense."

Gomez update

Klopp also revealed Joe Gomez, who suffered his own serious knee injury while on international duty with England last November, is making good progress but may not be risked on Thursday.

He 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."

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