After a nasty collision with Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, Virgil Van Dijk has been injured since October. With only less than four months of the 20/21 campaign remaining, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp does not expect Van Dijk to return this season as they seek to win back-to-back Premier League titles.
Jurgen Klopp of Liverpool says it is unlikely that Virgil Van Dijk will appear again this season ahead of the Merseyside club’s Wednesday clash with Brighton.
In October, following a challenge from Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, the Dutch defender ruptured knee ligaments in the Merseyside derby and underwent surgery that the club said was successful.
Afterward, Klopp acknowledged that Van Dijk’s knee did not look fine.
Due to Van Dijk and Joe Gomez’s long-term injuries, Liverpool was short in central defense. On deadline day, the club signed central defenders Ben Davies and Ozan Kabak to help fill the void.
Klopp acknowledges that he does not believe that this campaign will see Van Dijk back in competitive action.
He said, “I don’t know where this stuff comes from at the moment—nobody, no doctor, nobody told me there’s a chance for Virgil to play again this season.
I don’t want to suggest that it’s totally unlikely, but it’s not identical. It’s not similar. We don’t even have to discuss this stuff.
We would put them all on if we had space, even though all the medical people tell us that there is no hope. We put them on because from time to time we believe in miracles.
But if there is no spot, we have to consider these kinds of things and say, ‘The chance is not too high, so we have to make the decision.’
But if they’re on the list, it’s just because we’re hoping for a miracle. That’s it.”