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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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Klopp speaks on Van Dijk’s injury.

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Liverpool have never given a timeframe for the Dutchman’s return, and although Klopp was reluctant to suggest that he could make a comeback before the season was out, he was positive about his progress.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has described Virgil van Dijk’s rehabilitation as ‘promising’, without giving a timeframe on the defender’s return as he continues his recovery from a knee injury.

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The centre-back has not featured for the Reds since rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) following a challenge from Jordan Pickford in October’s Merseyside derby.

Such was the severity of the injury, Van Dijk was expected to miss the majority of the season, although he has excited fans by sharing a video of himself juggling a football on his various social media accounts.

“I don’t know what is possible and what is not possible; I don’t think I’m the right person to judge that 100 per cent,” Klopp said (via liverpoolfc.com).

“He looks really good. I spoke to him this morning, I had him on the phone – he is in a really good mood. So it’s all very promising. But I don’t know when he will be back.

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“There are for sure a lot of stages still to go over or pass or whatever. That’s clear. I had this injury myself. But for the time we are in and for how long he is out now, how long the rehabilitation is going on, he looks really, really promising. But that’s all.”

Van Dijk’s central defensive partner Joe Gomez is also poised to miss the majority of the season after rupturing his knee tendon while on England duty in November, while Joel Matip has been in and out of the side with various injury problems – a groin strain most recently keeping him out of the Reds last four games.

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Haaland: Messi would win 2025 Ballon d’Or; Van Dijk is toughest opponent

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Erling Haaland has chosen Chelsea manager Frank Lampard as the retired football he’d most like to play with and Virgil van Dijk as his toughest opponent

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The striker burst on to the European stage this season after his impressive form for Red Bull Salzburg earned him a £17million transfer to Borussia Dortmund in January.

He had been heavily linked with a move to Manchester United and although he has only recently signed for the Bundesliga side, several teams across Europe are keeping a close eye on his development.

And the 19-year-old has got Chelsea fans excited with one of his answers in a Q&A with ESPN on Instagram.

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The striker was asked which retired player he would most like to play with and after giving himself some thinking time, he replied: ‘Frank Lampard.’

The Blues’ manager is the club’s all-time leading scorer with an incredible 211 goals from midfield.

A few Chelsea fans commented on the video claiming that the forward could be on his way to Stamford Bridge in the future.

One claimed: ‘Haaland coming to a Chelsea confirmed,’ while another said: ‘Chelsea double swoop for Sancho and Haaland.’

The Norwegian recently admitted the Bundesliga side were ‘lucky’ to have England international Sancho who is also linked with a move to several Premier League and LaLiga sides.

The striker opted for Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk when asked to select his toughest opponent.

Haaland faced the Dutchman twice during the Champions League group stages while still with Salzburg earlier this season.

When asked who he would bet on winning the Ballon d’Or in 2025, he decided not to choose himself and selected Barcelona’s Lionel Messi who has already won the award a record six times.


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Sule: Van Dijk is world’s best defender

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Bayern Munich centre-back Niklas Sule has hailed Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk as the best defender in the world.

Van Dijk, 28, joined the Reds from Southampton in January 2018 in a then record-breaking transfer for a defender and played a pivotal role in their Champions League triumph last season.

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As well as a mainstay in the starting XI for the Premier League leaders, he is captain of the Netherlands national team and was named runner-up to Lionel Messi in last year’s Best FIFA Men’s Player award.

Sule is in no doubt that the former Groningen and Celtic star is the top defender in the game currently and the Germany international hopes to follow Van Dijk’s example.

“Virgil van Dijk went to Liverpool at 27 and took the step to become the best defender in the world. He is now at the top at just under 30,” the 24-year-old said in an interview with Bayern’s 51 magazine.

“As a central defender, you have your best phase from the mid-20s. You have the necessary experience and clarity, at the same time you are physically in top shape.

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“I want to take the next big step in the next two or three years. And when people say that I belong the best in the world, I’m happy. That’s my goal.

“I will work hard on myself, then it will be up to me whether I become one of the best central defenders in the world or not.”

Sule joined Bayern from Hoffenheim in 2017 on a five-year contract and has made 96 appearances for the Bundesliga giants.

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Although he was a regular starter under former coach Niko Kovac, he has been out of action since October after suffering a cruciate ligament injury.

He is confident that he is on the way back to full fitness, however, as he has had extra time to recover due to the lockdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

“I am on the home stretch with the rehab training. Even if it is a difficult time, I feel good,” he added.


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Morata: playing Liverpool’s Van Dijk is ‘like you hit a mountain’


Alvaro Morata has named the three toughest defenders he’s come up against in his career so far – and there’s a place for Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk.
The Spaniard’s playing days so far have taken him from Spain, to Italy, to England and back to his homeland again.

But there are few who have made such an impression on the Atletico Madrid striker as last year’s PFA Player of the Season.

Juventus veteran Giorgio Chiellini and Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos also make the cut.

‘Chiellini, I don’t know if he does it on purpose, but when he meets me, he always destroys me,’ Morata told AS.

‘Sergio Ramos is also a tough defender, while when you go against [Virgil] Van Dijk it seems like you hit a mountain,’ the forward said.


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