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Klopp’s sober update on Virgil Van Dijk’s condition.

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Liverpool have refused to state that the Dutchman’s injury was season-ending like that of Joel Matip

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has admitted that Virgil van Dijk is unlikely to return before the end of the current season.

Van Dijk suffered a torn ACL back in October, and although a return to action this year always seemed unlikely, Liverpool have refused to state that the Dutchman’s injury was season-ending like that of Joel Matip.

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There is still some hope as Klopp confirmed in his press conference that he plans to include Van Dijk in his 25-man Champions League squad, but he is not optimistic about the defender’s chances of playing.

“Whatever happens, I think we have space for Virgil on the Champions League list,” Klopp said. “I think he was on the Premier League list. Nobody told me I have to change something with that. If we have space in the Champions League list then Virgil will be on the list.

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“In the moment, I don’t know where these things are coming from – nobody really, no doctor, nobody really told me there’s a chance for Virgil to play in this season again. I don’t want to say that’s absolutely impossible but it’s not likely. It’s not likely. We don’t have to discuss these things really.

“If we have space we would put them all on, even when all the medical people tell us there’s no chance. We put them on because we believe in miracles from time to time.

Virgil van Dijk is unlikely to return in 2020/21 | Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

“But if there’s no place then we have to consider these kind of things and say, ‘The chance is not too big so we have to make the decision.’ But if they are on the list then it’s only because we hope for nearly a miracle. That’s it.”

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Liverpool finally dipped into the transfer market to sign some replacement centre-backs, bringing in Ben Davies and Ozan Kabak from Preston and Schalke respectively, but Klopp warned fans not to expect to see the pair starting together anytime soon.

“The good thing is it’s football still,” Klopp said when asked if the pair’s lack of Premier League experience was behind his decision. “They played in Germany, they played in the Championship, so that’s not a problem.

“Coming into defence, we’ve had 12 or 13 different centre-half pairings, and that makes it more difficult for the likes of Neco [Williams] and Kostas [Tsimikas] as well. Kostas is new, Neco is still young, you search for stability in the team, and when you change that often [it is harder].

“We obviously don’t live in an ideal world, and that means we have to be smart, we have to be quick and we try everything to do that.

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We have different things to help them and it goes faster, but we obviously play different to Preston, obviously different to Schalke, that’s clear.

“They will need time, but we don’t have a lot of time, so we will use the time we have in our hands and try our best. If they would have to start tomorrow night together, I think that would not be too cool. But we will give them a few more days.”

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Van Dijk, Mane and Salah make EA Sports’ PL Team of the Season so far

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Liverpool stars Virgil van Dijk, Sadio Mane and Mo Salah are among three of seven players from the club to make it into EA Sports’ Team of the Season So Far.

Club captain Jordan Henderson, fullbacks Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson and goalkeeper Alisson were the other members of Jurgen Klopp’s side to make the 20-man squad.

Wolves winger Adama Traore and Sheffield United goalkeeper Dean Henderson – who was rated the lowest with 88 – were also included in the team, but there was no place for Tottenham and England striker Harry Kane.

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The England captain was ruled out of action two months before the coronavirus crisis caused football matches to be postponed.

However, teammate Heung-min Son did make the cut, as did forwards from all but one of the so-called ‘Top Six’.

They came in the form of Arsenal and Manchester City strikers Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Sergio Aguero – who were both rated 96- as well as Leicester’s Jamie Vardy and Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford.

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Man City, Leicester and Man United all had at least one other representative, with midfield dynamos Riyad Mahrez and Kevin De Bruyne – who was joint-highest rated on 99 with Van Dijk – included for Pep Guardiola’s men.

Meanwhile, Caglar Soyuncu was the other Foxes’ player named and Aaron Wan-Bissaka joined Rashford as Man United’s other representative.

Chelsea and Everton were also represented by a solitary player, with Blues midfielder Mateo Kovacic and Toffees forward Richarlison also included.


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Liverpool to Make V.Van Dijk ‘World’s Highest-Paid Defender’


You still won’t find a player more important to Liverpool’s current title charge than Virgil van Dijk.

The Netherlands captain hasn’t missed a minute of action in the league or in Europe this season, reaffirming his reputation as the best defender on the planet, with an astonishing 53 clean sheets in 109 Liverpool appearances.

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See Liverpool’s Team Of The Decade.

Liverpool have had quite the decade. From a team that constantly played in the shadows of their arch rivals Manchester United to becoming six-time European champions, the Reds are now considered one of the best teams in the world.

Of course, German boss Jurgen Klopp is highly responsible for their success in recent years, helping develop Liverpool into the team they are today.

But let’s not forget about the players on the field who have become footballing stars in their own right. Without further ado, here is Liverpool’s team of the decade.

Be warned: it’s absolutely stacked.

Goalkeeper & Defenders⚽ Alisson (GK) – This one’s a no brainer. The Brazilian, often regarded as the best keeper in the Premier League, has become a key component of Liverpool’s success since joining the club in 2018. His first season with the Reds saw the 27-year-old earn 21 clean sheets, picking up the Premier League Golden Glove award as his team missed out on the title by just one point. However, Liverpool did get their hands on the Champions League trophy by the end of the 2019/20 campaign and many would argue that their European success was hugely down to the man between the posts.

⚽ Trent Alexander-Arnold (RB) – With Liverpool ten points clear at the top of the table and in a brilliant run of form, it would only be right to include most of their current XI – especially their back four. Let’s face it, Liverpool’s defence has been weak in recent years but now they boast the best rearguard in the league. At just 21, Alexander-Arnold has already established himself as one of the best full backs in the world. The right back, who worked his way up through the youth academy at Liverpool, has become one of the club’s most crucial players and it’s hard to imagine where they would be without him now.

⚽ Virgil Van Dijk (CB) – Oh, Virgil. Would Liverpool’s team of the decade be complete without this man? We don’t think so. The Ballon d’Or nominee has completely transformed Liverpool since they signed him from Southampton back in 2018. The 28-year-old is calm on the ball, aerially dominant and confident in his abilities – giving him qualities all worthy of a world class defender.

⚽ Joel Matip (CB) – Although many fans were not entirely convinced when Matip first joined the Reds, he has emerged as a world class player alongside Van Dijk. After all, the 28-year-old played a crucial part in their Champions League success last campaign.

⚽ Andrew Robertson (LB) – Originally just a low-key signing from Hull, the Scotland international has become one of the best left backs in the world. His intense style of play, key passes and ability to help to team going forward means he has become a firm favourite for both the fans and his manager.

Midfielders⚽ Steven Gerrard (CM) – A Liverpool legend in his own right, this team would not be complete without Gerrard. Yes, the Englishman failed to win a major trophy with the club in the past decade, but he was still a vital part of the team until his departure in 2015. Liverpool’s captain was regarded as one of the best midfielders in the world and was adored by the fans for everything he gave to the club. Forget decade, Gerrard was one of the best players in Liverpool’s history.

⚽ Jordan Henderson (CM) – From one captain to another, Henderson had big shoes to fill once Gerrard left the club. Of course, many said that he would never become the captain Gerrard once was, yet the stats prove his undeniable commitment to the club. In the past decade, Henderson has played more games than any other captain for Liverpool, earning over 300 appearances since his arrival in 2011.

Forwards⚽ Mohamed Salah (RW) – Another player currently in Liverpool’s squad who has completely transformed their team is Salah. The Egyptian burst on to the scene in dramatic fashion following his move from Roma and boasts an incredible goal record.

⚽ Roberto Firmino (CF) – A player who often receives less praise than his Liverpool counterparts but is equally, if not more important, is current number nine Firmino. The Brazilian has arguably been one of the more consistent, influential players since joining the Reds back in 2015. Not only can he score but the 28-year-old has great awareness and is a fine passer of the ball.

⚽ Sadio Mane (LW) – A wise Liverpool fan once said that Mane was the best football player in the world – and he might have just been on to something. Since signing for the Reds in 2016, he has become a crucial part of Liverpool’s front three. The 27-year-old won the Golden Boot last season, alongside Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and teammate Salah, all netting 22 goals each. In his first season with the Reds, he also named Player of the Year – and his superb form hasn’t stopped since.

⚽ Luis Suarez (ST) – Suarez will be remembered for a lot of things in his footballing career, but one will be his success at Liverpool from 2011 to 2014. During his last season with the club, the Uruguayan managed an outstanding 31 goals in 33 games – becoming one of the most feared strikers in the Premier League and the world. Unsurprisingly, he won the Golden Boot during this campaign as well as the Premier League Player of the Season award.

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Van Dijk, a Major Doubt for FIFA Club World Cup Final

…After Lack of Training

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk remains a ‘major’ doubt to face Flamengo in the Club World Cup final in Qatar on Saturday evening after still not making a full return to training.

Van Dijk has been suffering with illness since Liverpool flew to the Gulf state and has already missed the semi-final against Mexican club Monterrey, a game for which the Reds lined up with Jordan Henderson at centre-back due an ongoing injury crisis.

The Daily Mirror explains that Van Dijk, having already been forced to leave a training session early ahead of the semi-final, took part in some fitness work on Thursday. But he was unable to complete the full session and so hasn’t fully trained at all while Liverpool have been in Qatar.

With that lack of proper training over several days in mind, it puts a significant question mark over whether the Netherlands international will be available for Saturday’s final.

“I don’t know how quick he can recover. We will see,” Klopp said earlier this week.

If Van Dijk is unable to return against Flamengo it will be a huge blow for Liverpool. The Reds were already threadbare at the back owing to the absences of Joel Matip and Dejan Lovren.

With Fabinho, who filled in as an emergency centre-back last season, also sidelined, Jordan Henderson was forced to drop into the back four against Monterrey. It could be that the Reds captain is asked to do so again, and while he is willing, it is not his preferred scenario.

“I don’t know what will happen with Virgil on Saturday. Fingers crossed he will be okay,” Henderson is quoted as saying by the Liverpool Echo. “Of course, if the manager needed me to go there again, I would do it. It is anything to help the team.”

James Milner played at right-back against Monterrey so that Trent Alexander-Arnold could be rested. Klopp has also sought to bolster the squad by drafting in youngsters Sepp van den Berg, who is celebrating his 18th birthday, and Ki-Jana Hoever, both of whom played in the 5-0 mauling at the hands of Aston Villa in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night.

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Ronaldo’s 5th ballon d’or was like a sore in my heart – Lionel Messi.

…says the collective titles are most important

Barcelona superstar, Lionel Messi was crowned the first-ever player to win six Ballon d’Or trophy at a ceremony which took place in Paris on Monday night (Dec,2).

Before the event, Messi and his arch-rival Cristiano Ronaldo who both dominated the Ballon d’Or for a decade between 2008 and 2017, were on five each before the Barcelona superstar broke the tie yesterday.

In a new interview, Messi revealed that he was hurt when Cristiano Ronaldo joined him on five Ballon d’Or triumphs, claiming that the Portuguese will be experiencing similar emotions after he failed to show up at the 2019 Ballon d’Or’ ceremony.

“On the one hand, I enjoyed having five and being the only one,” Messi told France Football. ‘When Cristiano moved level, I admit that it hurt me a bit. I was no longer alone at the top. But it made sense, although it was good when I was alone at five.

“Was I frustrated in the last few years? Let’s say I understood why I did not win. As a team, we had not achieved our major goal, which was to win the Champions League, which gives you more chances to win the Ballon d’Or.

“When Cristiano Ronaldo won it is because he had achieved great seasons by winning the Champions League and being decisive. It was deserved, there was not much I could do.

“Did I feel injustice? It’s up to you to tell me if the Ballon d’Or is awarded to the best player or the one who enjoys the best season.

“It is also down to individual taste. Some prefer Cristiano, others myself or Neymar or [Kylian] Mbappe. People have the right to choose the one they like most.”

“Do I understand Ronaldo’s frustration? It is something that we live, feel and express according to our own way of being.

“Once again, the collective titles are the most important thing, even if the individual trophies are rewarding. When the Ballon d’Or eludes you, everyone reacts in their own way. But when you are a top athlete, you always want to win.”

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Katia, Ronaldo’s sister reacts to Van Dijk’s Joke about her brother at the Ballon D’Or Awards.

Katia Aveiro, the sister of Cristiano Ronaldo has put Liverpool’s defender Virgil van Dijk on blast over his joke about the Juventus striker at the Ballon d’Or awards on Monday night..

Ronaldo failed to show up for the ceremony in Paris and instead attended the 2019 Gran Gala del Calcio gala in Milan to collect his ‘Best Player in Serie A’ award.

When Van Dijk was being interviewed by Dutch television station RTL7 before the Ballon d’Or gala, the interviewer pointed out to Van Dijk that Ronaldo’s absence meant that he had one less rival to contend with for the Ballon d’Or award and the Liverpool defender replied: ‘Was he a rival then?’

Well, this didn’t go down well for Ronaldo’s sister Katia, who has now slammed Van Dijk in a lengthy rant on Instagram.

‘I think there are people living completely frustrated !!! And unrealistic… such humility!’ Katia wrote.

‘It is well known that Ronaldo will not win tonight’s prize. Although I have won important collective titles … but this is another conversation and that up ahead we will see where the truth about football will come !!!

‘Now, dear Virgil, where you are going, Cristiano Ronaldo has gone and has come a thousand times.

‘You see, my dear Virgil, that Cristiano Ronaldo was a tri-champion in the country where you have been playing for years and you still haven’t got your hand in the can.

‘Cristiano Ronaldo was even the best player and best scorer in the country where you play Virgil. By the way, I was even younger than you.

Then, dear Virgil, Cristiano Ronaldo went to other places and became the greatest player in the history of a clubezito.

‘Real Madrid, tell you something Virgil? Maybe so, because this club, with this Cristiano guy, even beat you in the Champions League final. Of these, Ronaldo already has five, Virgil.

And that fellow Ronaldo and team-mates, with the corners on his chest, crushed your “orange” in a final. Was it hard, Virgil? We have pity. And, dear Virgil, In one of the least successful times of his career, Cristiano Ronaldo has won even more titles than you. Awesome, isn’t it?

‘Now Virgil will win titles from those who really count and then we’ll talk. When you have a handful of them, the really important ones, you might be able to sit at the table with Cristiano. Or as they say in our land, it grows and appears!

‘It’s for me Cristiano you are and you will always be the best player in the world !!! And who does not like to put it on the wheel of the plate !!! (as they say in our land, small for many) but where came the best ever.’

Van Dijk finished second behind Lionel Messi as the Barcelona forward won the sixth Ballon d’Or trophy of his career to break ties with Ronaldo, who finished third in the rankings.

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