Thu 21 January 2021 | 10:47

Klopp claims Van Dijk’s recovery is ‘very promising’

The 29-year-old was expected to miss the remainder of the season after a knee injury he picked in a challenge with Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford at Goodison Park on October 17.

The Dutchman gave hope to


supporters, who are desperate to see him back in action as soon as possible, by sharing a video of his juggling with a football on social media.


Jurgen Klopp

avoided putting a timescale on the injury despite admitting his recovery process is promising.

He said:

“I don’t know what is possible, and I don’t think I am the right person to judge it.

“He looks really good. I spoke to him this morning on the phone, and he is in a really good mood. It’s all very promising, but I don’t know when he will be back.

“For sure there are still a lot of stages to go and to clear. I had this injury myself, so I know. But for the time we are in, and for how long he is out now, and the rehabilitation, he looks really, really promising.”

The German coach expects

Joel Matip

to be available for Thursday’s home game with


after missing four matches for a groin problem. A piece of less positive news for the Reds might be that

Diego Jota

is still ‘a few weeks’ away from a return.


will face


on a four winless spree, and although


understands the questions over his team’s form, insists his players are ready to shake off their struggles and fire themselves back into the title race.

“We all know it is all about results but sometimes you can see little steps in the right direction or not,”

he said.

“You cannot change the approach just because everybody who has no real idea about the job now expects massive changes, from the wake up call to the nutrition, because we don’t have the results. Sometimes we have to be really…..not stubborn, resilient maybe.

“We are on it, believe me. We take it really serious. And I can promise to everyone who is with us, we want to be as successful as possible, and that means more successful than in the last few weeks because we know we can be.

“Tomorrow night we try to start against Burnley.”

source: SportMob

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