Virgil van Dijk’s absence from Liverpool for more than a month has been a “big blow,” according to Jurgen Klopp, who also claimed that the center-back received “a harsh diagnosis” when he visited a specialist about his hamstring injury.
Liverpool hopes to have Van Dijk available again for a four-day stretch in February when they play Newcastle and Real Madrid. However, the defender is expected to miss the Premier League match against Chelsea and may be questionable for the Merseyside derby next month.
What did Klopp say about Van Dijk and his absence from the Liverpool squad
In Monday’s 3-1 loss to Brentford, Klopp only replaced Van Dijk as a precaution at halftime and stated: “Virg is a surprise. It was a big blow, he didn’t feel a lot. He never had an issue with muscles, never mentioned everything. It was one sprint too much in that moment. I took him off and maybe he would have tried [to carry on]. Read More: When will Cristiano Ronaldo play his first match for Al-Nassr?
“The diagnosis is pretty harsh: we talk about weeks, more than a month, that is how it is hard. For Virg it is hard but he played an incredible amount of games over the last years. We cannot use him on the pitch but off the pitch we will.”
Klopp also shared his insights on new signing Cody Gakpo
Cody Gakpo will likely make his professional debut when Liverpool plays Wolves in the FA Cup on Saturday. The Netherlands winger joined from PSV Eindhoven for an initial £37 million, and Klopp was thrilled to see Gakpo in person.
He added: “Cody is in for two training days and it is a joy to watch. It is really nice to have a guy on the pitch who is pretty natural on the offensive side of things and knows where the goal is. He is full of joy. He is good footballer, good in small spaces, likes to finish from distance and a good dribbler as well. When you sign a player you watch a lot of stuff and in the end it is nice to see them live in front of you.” Read More: Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez might Break Saudi Arabian Law
Gakpo never inquired about the possibility that they might not qualify for the Champions League this season, according to Klopp, who claimed that Liverpool “had no doubts” about signing him.
He said: “What we can give to the players is the size of the club but inside we are really, really close together. Virgil probably told him that. I really like the fact he decided pretty quickly: ‘That is the right club for me.”
Roberto Firmino, Luis Diaz, Diogo Jota, and Arthur Melo are among the injured players who will still be out for Liverpool.
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