Jurgen Klopp gives latest Liverpool FC injury update on Virgil van Dijk
The Liverpool FC manager sheds light on Virgil van Dijk's fitness status
Jurgen Klopp has admitted that Virgil van Dijk’s injury needs to “settle down” following the Liverpool FC centre-half’s injury scare.
The Netherlands international was forced off the pitch in the second half of Liverpool FC’s 3-0 win against Southampton at Anfield on Saturday evening.
Van Dijk has been a key player at Liverpool FC since his move the Anfield outfit in a £75m deal from the Saints in the January transfer window.
The 27-year-old helped the Merseyside outfit to reach the Premier League’s top four for the second successive seasons under Klopp.
Van Dijk was instrumental in Liverpool FC’s run to the Champions League final before a 3-1 loss to Real Madrid in Kiev back in May.
The Dutch centre-half has struck up a promising partnership with Joe Gomez to help Liverpool FC ease to a five successive Premier League victories.
The club record signing’s absence is a concern ahead of Liverpool FC’s trip to third-placed Chelsea FC at Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening.
Speaking at his pre-match media conference ahead of the Reds’ home clash against Chelsea FC in the League Cup third round on Wednesday night, Klopp said:
“He is much better. It is still a bit painful, nothing else.
“Painful is already not too cool, so we will see how we deal with that. But it’s already better. How we thought after the game, it’s not too serious but it’s not nothing.
“So that needs to settle, for sure. I didn’t speak to him [yet] today so we will see how he comes here today and then we’ll make a decision about him.”
Liverpool FC are two points ahead of Manchester City and Chelsea FC in the Premier League table.