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Klopp offers ‘really, really promising’ Van Dijk injury update

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The Dutch defender has been out of action since October due to a serious knee injury he had picked up in the Merseyside derby.

Jurgen Klopp has provided no timescale on Virgil van Dijk’s return from injury but says his recovery has looked “very promising”.

Van Dijk was forced to leave the pitch after a reckless challenge by goalkeeper Jordan Pickford during Liverpool’s 2-2 Premier League stalemate with Everton at Goodison Park on October 17.

It was later confirmed that the Netherlands international had suffered a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament.

The center-back was expected to miss the remainder of the season, though Liverpool put no timeframe on his spell on the sidelines.

There is, however, some hope that he could play before the end of the campaign as Van Dijk is understood to be making good progress in his recovery.

“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 responded when asked if Van Dijk could play again this season, 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.

“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.”