Virgil van Dijk has posted a brilliant video highlighting all of the work he’s undergoing to recover from a serious knee injury.
The Liverpool star, who has been included in the Reds’ Champions League squad, suffered anterior cruciate ligament damage after a reckless challenge from Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford in the 2-2 draw at Goodison Park in October.
The £75million defender underwent surgery in London later that month and was back at Liverpool‘s AXA Training Centre in December undergoing rehabilitation on the knee with some light sessions in the gym.
He has been seen there kicking a ball while also joining up with former Reds centre-back Dejan Lovren, AC Milan legend Clarence Seedorf and UFC champion fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov.
And today he posted a video showing him undertaking a lot of gym work and training with the ball outside.
— Virgil van Dijk (@VirgilvDijk)
This week, Jurgen Klopp admitted it was unlikely that Van Dijk would play again for Liverpool this season.
The manager said last month that the Dutch captain’s situation was “really promising” but after being asked about the likelihood of Van Dijk being included in Liverpool‘s latest Premier League squad list, the Reds boss played down talk of a return this term.
Premier League clubs will be made to submit a new list to the organisation after the closing of the January transfer window.
Asked if Van Dijk will be on that list, Klopp said that any inclusion will not automatically mean the centre-back will be back.
“Whatever happens, I think we have space for Virgil on the Champions League list, I think he was on the Premier League list,” Klopp said.
“Nobody told me I had to change something. If we have space in the Champions League then Virgil will be on the list. That is how it is.
“At the moment, nobody, no doctor has told me there’s a chance for Virgil to play in this season again.
“I don’t want to say it is absolutely impossible, but it is not likely. It’s not likely and we don’t have to discuss these things really.
“So like I said, if we have space we would put them all on, even when all the medical people tell us there is no chance, we put them all on because we believe in miracles from time to time.
“But if there is no place and we have to consider these things and say their chance is not too big [to be fit] so now we have to make a decision.
“If they are on the list then it is only because we hope for a miracle. That is it.”
But the Liverpool boss stopped short of claiming the centre-back would be able to play a part this season.
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“I don’t know what is possible and what is not, I don’t think I am the right person to judge it,” Klopp said.
“He looks really good and I spoke to him this morning and he is in a good mood, so it is all very promising.
“But I don’t know when he will be back. There are for sure a lot of stages to go over and to pass, that is clear.
“I had this injury myself but for the time we are in and how long he is out now, and how long the rehabilitation is going on, he looks really really promising. But that is all.”