Liverpool supporters have taken to Twitter to discuss how Andy Robertson reacted to seeing his defensive counterpart, Virgil van Dijk, back on the grass at the AXA Training Centre.
Van Dijk, 29, was within eye-sight of his Liverpool teammates on the Kirkby pitches as the Dutchman stepped up his rehabilitation programme on Wednesday afternoon.
It was the first time since October 17 that Van Dijk has been permitted to train with the ball on the training field, as he was pictured doing a number of individually tailored exercises.
One of his teammates who couldn’t hide their delight at seeing the £75 million starlet back in action was Robertson.
The Scotland captain wore a beaming smile on his face as he leant over the balcony at Kirkby to swoon over the returning Van Dijk.
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Van Dijk spotted Robertson observing his session and he, too, returned a cheeky grin and a wave to the 26-year-old Liverpool full-back.
It was clearly an emotional occasion for the two players, who have been forced to remain apart from each-other in the team’s previous 28 matches.
Unfortunately, Jurgen Klopp has been without arguably his best player for practically the entirety of the 2020/21 campaign.
It isn’t surprising, then, that Liverpool have suffered so severely in recent weeks, either. The Reds have also suffered season-ending injuries to Van Dijk’s centre-back counterparts, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip.
Former Manchester United captain Rio Ferdinand recently commended Liverpool for remaining as competitive as they have, despite the absence of three of Klopp’s seasoned central defenders.
Speaking on the Rio Ferdinand Presents Five, he said: “I don’t think any team is even in the position that they are in if they had similar injuries to the players of importance in their squad if they were mirrored up,”
“So, they’re doing remarkably well to be where they are given what’s going on in that squad.”
Hopefully, though, Van Dijk’s latest steps in his recovery indicate that the worst is firmly behind him.
Let’s maintain faith, then, that it won’t be too long before both Van Dijk and Robertson are combining together on that left-flank of Liverpool’s defensive quartet.
Let’s take a look at what the Anfield faithful had to say on social media following Robertson’s reaction to Van Dijk.