Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp has offered some insight into Virgil van Dijk injury, describing the Liverpool star as looking “really positive” as he recovers from his knee injury.
Van Dijk has been sidelined since suffering a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament in a challenge with Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford in the Meyerside derby at the Goodison Park on October 17.
Liverpool chose to put no timescale on the injury, though the initial expectation had been that he was likely to miss the rest of the campaign.
The Dutchman, though, is understood to be making good progress in his recovery - 2 videos of him juggling a ball and cycling shared on his social media accounts last weekend sparked excitement among Reds supporters desperate to see him back in action as soon as possible.
Step by step.. pic.twitter.com/kkFluSl3ZW— Virgil van Dijk (@VirgilvDijk) December 21, 2020
Klopp stopped short of suggesting we may see Van Dijk again this season but said he had spoken to the player this week and was enthused by what he heard.
He said: “I don’t know what is possible, and I don’t think I am the right person to judge it.
“He looks really good. I spoke to him this morning on the phone, and he is in a really good mood. It’s all very promising, but I don’t know when he will be back.
“For sure there are still a lot of stages to go and to clear. I had this injury myself, so I know. But for the time we are in, and for how long he is out now, and the rehabilitation, he looks really, really promising.”
Klopp also took time to respond to the critics on his recent winless run at the Anfield club due to the absence of the towering defender
“You cannot change the approach just because everybody who has no real idea about the job now expects massive changes, from the wake-up call to the nutrition, because we don’t have the results. Sometimes we have to be really…..not stubborn, resilient maybe.
“We are on it, believe me. We take it really serious. And I can promise to everyone who is with us, we want to be as successful as possible, and that means more successful than in the last few weeks because we know we can be.
Liverpool will face Burnley at Anfield in the mid-week EPL clash on Thursday as they look to reclaim their place in the top 3 but even a win - takes them to 37 behind Leicester -- still 4th on the log.