Liverpool have been without one of their key players for pretty much the entire season. The Reds lost Virgil van Dijk back in October and he’s unlikely to play again this term. With an international tournament to deal with in the summer Khalid Boulahrouz has urged Virgil van Dijk not to rush back.
Virgil van Dijk injury
The Merseyside Derby is rarely a level headed affair, it is a game famed for its ill discipline.
This season’s Goodison Park edition was a particularly spicy affair, one plagued with poor challenges and even worst refereeing.
In the opening stages Jordan Pickford flew in at the knees of Virgil van Dijk, forcing the Dutchman off the pitch.
The keeper miraculously escaped a red card, whilst scans later revealed that Virgil had ruptured his ACL and would be out for the rest of the season.
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Khalid Boulahrouz on Virgil van Dijk
The Dutchman will be chomping at the bit wanting to get back into action.
The defender hasn’t played in so long and with the Euros coming up he’ll be eager to get himself fit.
Former Chelsea defender Khalid Boulahrouz has warned Virgil van Dijk not to rush himself back for the tournament, telling Ziggo (as relayed by Voetbal Primeur):
“I don’t think he should be preoccupied with the European Championships.
“He shouldn’t put that pressure on himself. His career lasts longer than the tournament. Sure, such a tournament is great, but he still has many beautiful things to do in his career.
“He first has to go and see: okay, will I be able to get fit in time? And how far along am I when I can get back on the pitch?
“Then he has to see if it’s worth considering. But I wouldn’t be thinking about the European Championships.”
What RTK has to say
Thank you, Khalid.
We need our number four fit and fighting for next season.
Jumping straight into an intense international competition is the last thing we need him doing, he could well exacerbate the issue and find himself back on the sidelines.
For the love of all that is holy Virgil, just go to a beach somewhere lad.