Frank de Boer gave an update on Virgil van Dijk earlier today. It’s one that will be music to the ears of everyone at Liverpool.
The Mirror reported last week that Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp were ‘horrified’ over Virgil van Dijk. They were getting the impression that he actively wants to play at the Euros this summer.
It would come after no football since October 17th, of course. Van Dijk suffered an awful knee injury on that day, forcing a need for surgery and effectively ruling him out for the season.
He’s still not back and there’s a good chance he just won’t play again until the campaign is done. But then comes the Euros.
Van Dijk has the chance to captain his country at an international tournament and that’s tough to pass up. But he only has that chance if he proves he’s ready.
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The concern, then, comes with potentially differing views of ‘ready’.
Klopp recently said he thinks it’s ‘unlikely’ that Van Dijk plays at the Euros.
“It is not my decision but to be honest, the information I have at the moment is that it will be unlikely,” said Klopp, per Sky Sports.
No wonder he didn’t like the idea that Van Dijk sees things differently. Fortunately, though, Netherlands manager Frank de Boer may see things Klopp’s way with Van Dijk.
“Anything he can contribute to Liverpool and possibly us would be a bonus. I’m not counting on it right now,” he said, per the Athletic.
“But if it did happen, it would be fantastic for the national team.”
Now, Liverpool certainly aren’t out of the woods yet and De Boer clearly leaves the door open quite wide, there. But the fact he’s not planning to have Van Dijk is great news.
De Boer isn’t looking at things in a selfish way, from either his or the country’s perspective. Instead, he’ll only take Van Dijk as a ‘bonus’.
Liverpool might just get their way, then. They won’t want him anywhere near competitive football this summer unless he’s proven himself in Red.
Even then, they’d likely want him to steer clear. The risk of re-injury is just too high.
Hopefully, De Boer is as sensible as he sounds with all of this. The last thing Liverpool need is more bad luck next season.