Jurgen Klopp confirmed that Virgil Van Dijk will be absent for the Wolves clash tomorrow.
The Dutchman has been injured since last month, after being taken off in the defeat to Brentford in January. But the Centre back was seen training yesterday which made clear that Van Dijk may be nearing a return.
But Jurgen Klopp confirmed in his pre-match press conference interview today, Van Dijk will not be ready for tomorrow’s match.
The manager also gave updates about the other injured players in his squad. Good news for fans as both Luis Diaz and Diogo Jota are nearing their return.
“Generally it’s looking better, boys training, Diogo Jota had a full session with the team this week, then next day a rehab session as part of the plan,” he said. “I think he will be pretty much back in normal training next week”.
“Bobby’s getting closer, obviously very good. Luis [Diaz] is running now, that will take a few weeks still, but he’s now out on the pitch running which is really good. Ibou is out, yeah. Virgil is getting closer but not ready for the game obviously. Parts of training next week I think as well for Virgil. Nothing else so far but there are still two hours until training.”
Liverpool will have to rely on Gomes and Matip CB pairing without Van Dijk
After Van Dijk and Bobby were pictured in training yesterday, there was some hope that they’d be ready for Wolves match. But that’s not happening.
This of course isn’t the worst partnership in the world as both the player has a lot of experience under their belt. But Matip has been below-average this season and Gomes has also looked clumsy for most of the season.
After Brighton’s loss, French defender Ibrahima Konate got injured. Liverpool are absolutely feeling the misery.
Still, it sounds like Van Dijk will soon be back to playing 11, if Gomez and Matip can get through the next few games unharmed, Reds will take a great sigh of relief.
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