Virgil Van Dijk (Getty Pictures)
Liverpool supervisor Jurgen Klopp admits he doesn’t wish to know the way lengthy he’s going to be with out Virgil van Dijk, who faces months out of motion after injuring his knee.
The Netherlands worldwide suffered cruciate ligament injury after a deal with from Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford in final week’s Merseyside derby and is awaiting a date for surgical procedure.
Klopp now solely has two match senior centre-backs in Joe Gomez and Joel Matip, with midfielder Fabinho offering spectacular cowl within the midweek Champions League victory over Ajax.
Liverpool have refused to place a timescale on how lengthy Van Dijk can be out however haven’t but dominated him out of the entire season.
“We do not even wish to understand it, to be trustworthy. It can take time, that is clear,” Klopp mentioned on Friday.
“Ultimately, it is actually like this: all individuals are completely different and so we must always not restrict that by saying ‘for him it was that lengthy, for him it was that lengthy’.”
Klopp is hoping for some excellent news on the damage entrance forward of Saturday’s go to of Sheffield United, with goalkeeper Alisson Becker doubtlessly in line for a return.
The Brazil worldwide has missed the previous three matches with a shoulder drawback sustained in coaching however seems to be forward of schedule in his restoration, having returned to mild coaching this week.
Late health checks may even be made on midfield pair Thiago Alcantara and Naby Keita, in addition to Matip, in spite of everything three missed the journey to Amsterdam.
Liverpool are prone to come up towards former striker Rhian Brewster, whom they bought to Sheffield United on deadline day.
The extremely rated 20-year-old was bought for £23.5 million, with first-team alternatives restricted following the arrival of Portugal worldwide Diogo Jota.
“Everyone knows him very properly and that is the issue – we all know how good he’s,” mentioned Klopp. “That is the scenario.
“How at all times with a boy, particularly like Rhian who is basically our boy – OK, possibly I’ve to say ‘was our boy’ – it means at all times I want them actually the almost excellent Premier League season.
“If Rhian is on the pitch we all know we must always not let him end in any respect as a result of wherever he will get the ball he’s a pure finisher and that is his greatest risk.”