Virgil van Dijk has returned to Merseyside to continue his rehabilitation programme following a two-month period in Dubai, according to reports.
This comes from The ECHO. They say that Van Dijk returned to the club’s AXA Training Centre in Kirkby a few days ago.
The 29-year-old has spent the past couple of months utilising the world-class facilities made available to him at the NAS Complex in Dubai, which included a meticulous routine made up of yoga sessions, exercise bike and strength and conditioning workouts.
And according to The ECHO, Van Dijk is ready to work towards the next phase of his recovery with club staff aiming to the Dutchman back on the pitch as soon as possible.
Again, Liverpool are reluctant to place a time frame on Van Dijk’s recovery, having already missed 27 of the team’s previous matches.
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Klopp on Van Dijk
With just 14 games of the Premier League season remaining, the club are in no immediate rush to accelerate Van Dijk’s return date. His manager, Jurgen Klopp recently conceded that he doesn’t expect to have the former Southampton defender made available to him again this season.
“At the moment, nobody, no doctor has told me there’s a chance for Virgil to play in this season again,” Klopp said last month.
“I don’t want to say it is absolutely impossible, but it is not likely. It’s not likely and we don’t have to discuss these things really.
“So like I said, if we have space we would put them all on, even when all the medical people tell us there is no chance, we put them all on because we believe in miracles from time to time.
“But if there is no place and we have to consider these things and say their chance is not too big [to be fit] so now we have to make a decision.
“If they are on the list then it is only because we hope for a miracle. That is it.”
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The report from The ECHO also points towards Van Dijk’s previous impeccable injury record as a cause for optimism.
Van Dijk had remained durable for two consecutive seasons prior to his long-term setback, after all, playing every single minute of Liverpool’s Premier League triumph last term.
Van Dijk, too, was named in Klopp’s 25-man squad for the remainder of the 2020/21 campaign last month. It’s not impossible, then, that he could still make a comeback before the send of the season.