Liverpool have been unlucky with injuries this term. The Reds have seen most of their starting 11 ruled out at one time or another. Jürgen Klopp has still, somehow, managed to keep the lads in the title race. Despite both having long absences, Liverpool duo Thiago and Virgil van Dijk have been named in the UEFA Team of the Year.
Thiago and Van Dijk injuries
The Reds signed Thiago from Bayern for £20m in the summer but despite being with the club since mid-September he has managed just three Premier League starts.
The Spaniard was initially ruled out with COVID-19.
Upon his return he was crunched by Richarlison in the Merseyside Derby.
The resulting injury sidelined the playmaker for 10 weeks.
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Virgil van Dijk also suffered an injury in the Derby.
Jordan Pickford lunged at the Dutchman early on, rupturing the defender’s ACL.
Bizarrely, the keeper wasn’t sent off for the horror tackle. Meanwhile, Van Dijk was ruled out for the rest of the season.
Thiago and Van Dijk UEFA Team of the Year
This week saw the announcement of the fan voted men’s and women’s teams of the year.
There were a host of Reds in the 2019 edition but we’ve seen the numbers dwindle this time around.
Liverpool duo Thiago and Van Dijk were named in the UEFA Team of the Year.
Manuel Neuer was named in goal whilst Virgil lines up in defence alongside Sergio Ramos, Joshua Kimmich and Alphonso Davies.
The midfield sees Thiago alongside Kevin De Bruyne with Lionel Messi in the 10 role.
The front three is comprised of Neymar, Robert Lewandowski and Cristiano Ronaldo.
What RTK has to say
Virgil van Dijk may have missed a good three months of action due to his injury but he’s impossible to ignore.
The Dutchman’s inclusion is testament to his standing in the game.
Meanwhile, Thiago’s inclusion speaks volumes about the Reds’ pulling power.
He was one of the best players in the world last year and he chose to come to Liverpool. We are massive.