Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk could still make a stunning return from injury before the end of the season, according to reports.
The 29-year-old has been on the sidelines since October 17 after he picked up a knee injury during the 2-2 draw with Everton at Goodison Park.
And as a result, Van Dijk has since missed Liverpool’s previous 19 matches in all competitions with no return date in sight for the towering Dutchman.
However, there has been an update in regards to the £75 million defender’s rehabilitation process.
According to The Sunday World, there is ‘some hope’ that Van Dijk can still play again before the 2020/21 campaign is concluded.
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The report also claims that Liverpool are currently working to extend his pre-existing contract with the club that is due to expire in 2023.
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This is excellent news. Van Dijk wasn’t expected to feature again for the remainder of the season, after all.
The club’s intent to get a new deal over the line suggests that the Reds are confident that there won’t be any lasting damage from his current injury.
Indeed, his return won’t be for at least another four to five months, but still, this is exciting news that supporters can get behind.
His absence in recent months has left a gargantuan void to fill in the heart of Jurgen Klopp’s defence.
Since Van Dijk ruptured his ACL just under three month’s ago, Klopp’s side have conceded just eight goals in 12 matches.
However, there is no getting away from the fact that the ongoing absence of Van Dijk and Joe Gomez is having a detrimental impact on Liverpool’s form.
The Reds are unable to build from the back in the same manner without their two ball-playing first-choice centre-backs. Joel Matip, who is currently ruled out with a groin problem, has been a big miss, too.
Remarkably, Klopp has been forced into 10 different centre-back combinations in 17 PL matches. So much chopping and changing has contributed to a number of disjointed performances in recent weeks.
During a period where silverware is on the line, a player of Van Dijk’s quality can make all the difference.