In the latest injury update of the Liverpool midfielder and the Netherlands captain Virgil van Dijk, the Anfield side boss said that his recovery from serious injury is going “really well” despite the Liverpool boss revealing the defender’s knee “does not look like a knee should”. In October, van Dijk suffered knee ligament damage in the stalemate Merseyside derby.
The Dutch defender had to abandon the match against him Everton in the 5th minute after a dangerous tackle from Jordan Pickford that he left without penalty for having the action canceled for offside. He is one of Liverpool’s key players to have acquired injury and at risk of missing half of the season, even the upcoming international duties and possibly the delayed Euro 2020 next June.
“His knee doesn’t look good, to be honest. It doesn’t look like a knee should look, but it looks good for a knee with that surgery and the time he had since the surgery,” Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said when asked if he is in-touch with the midfielder. “So, yes, of course we are in contact and he’s doing well, that’s true.” The Dutch national underwent a successful operation at the end of October.
The 29-year-old led Netherlands to Euro 2020 qualification last year and ended their self-inflicted exile from major tournament football, having failed to reach Euro 2016 or last year’s World Cup. In a 0-0 draw away to Northern Ireland, the Dutch team secured a top-two finish in Group C. They needed just a draw to guarantee a spot at its first international tournament since coming third at the 2014 World Cup.
Meanwhile, former Oranje great Clarence Seedorf claim that van Dijk is “impossible to replace” in both Liverpool and Netherlands. “I was sad for him that it happened but also, knowing him and his character, when bad things happened, you are sad for a few days then you need to look forward and start fighting your way back,” Seedorf told in an interview.
“That’s what he’s doing and that’s what he did in the first couple of days with statements he made. We wish him the best recovery possible so he can get back on the pitch and continue showing his talent and leadership,” he added. You cannot substitute Van Dijk but you can maintain competitiveness. They have a lot of players who are at a good level, which is the same for the Dutch national team.”