Regardless of lifting their first-ever Premier League trophy final season, Liverpool have skilled an uneven marketing campaign defending their title – their star forwards going via a scoreless tough patch and the myriad of accidents sustained not serving to the scenario.
They did, nonetheless, handle to clinch a third-placed end, even with out star gamers like Virgil van Dijk – so when are they anticipated to return? Aim takes a glance.
Virgil van Dijk is was dominated out for the season, after selecting up a critical ACL harm within the Merseyside derby in opposition to Everton in October.
The Netherlands centre-back underwent profitable surgical procedure in London, with Klopp admitting that it could have taken a “miracle” for him to function once more this season.
Van Dijk voluntarily pulled out of involvement with the Netherlands at Euro 2020 with a purpose to prioritise his rehabilitation course of, maximising his possibilities to start the brand new home membership season in full health.
However regardless of being concerned in pre-season coaching, Van Dijk was neglected of the squad by Klopp for Liverpool’s first two friendlies – casting doubt that he will likely be absolutely slot in time for the Premier League opener in opposition to Norwich.
Klopp additionally refused to take any dangers with co-defender Joe Gomez, who has additionally been sidelined with harm for a considerable period of time.
When requested if Van Dijk and Gomez will return to the group quickly: “It could nonetheless be a shock, sadly,” Klopp mentioned.
“However they appear actually good. Look, I feel, they do every part, they play soccer, we preserve them in coaching, we do the issues we will do, they don’t an excessive amount of and stuff like this.
“We simply should be affected person – we put together for a full season, not for a pre-season recreation. I cannot threat it for a recreation right here, so we’ve got to see.
“We’ve lots of video games nonetheless coming, pre-season video games, however I don’t see them being concerned for the subsequent one.”
The likes of Jordan Henderson, James Milner and Joel Matip all picked up accidents through the second half of the season, however ought to all be slot in time for the brand new Premier League marketing campaign – with Henderson even enjoying an vital function within the England group as they completed runners-up in Euro 2020, scoring in opposition to the Ukraine within the quarter-final.
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|Participant||Damage||Anticipated return date|
|Virgil van Dijk||Knee||New season|
|Joe Gomez||Knee||New season|