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Liverpool: Klopp confirms extent of Van Dijk’s “harsh” injury

Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool
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The Reds suffer another massive injury blow as they lose ground in the fight for a top-four finish.

Jurgen Klopp has revealed Virgil van Dijk will not be able to play for Liverpool for over a month.

Van Dijk left the pitch in the first half of Liverpool’s 3-1 defeat against Brentford last week. 

The Reds hoped to have the key defender back in time for their upcoming FA Cup clash against Wolves. But Klopp says the 31-year-old’s injury is more serious than expected.

“On Virg, it’s a surprise and obviously a big blow, as he didn’t feel a lot,” Klopp told a pre-match press conference.

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“I took him off actually, to avoid the risk, maybe he would have tried [to play on] and stuff like this.

“In the end, the diagnosis was pretty harsh. They talk about weeks – more than a month. 

“We have to see how it goes but we have other centre-halves. Everything is okay for the team but for Virg, it’s hard for him. He’s played an incredible amount of games over the last few years.

“We cannot use him on the pitch, only off the pitch, so we will do that.”

He added: “It’s his hamstring. He never had an issue with muscles or mentioned anything, between the games he was recovering.

“There’s nothing to say about it, we did nothing different. It was one sprint.”