Virgil van Dijk will get an unofficial role with the Netherlands at Euro 2020, according to reports. The Liverpool star won’t play at the tournament, however.
Virgil van Dijk has never played at an international tournament. He was supposed to last year, though, and he should have done this year.
But circumstances conspired to rule Van Dijk out of Euro 2020. First the tournament was postponed and then his serious knee injury ruled him out this year.
The incident happened back on October 17th and Van Dijk ‘collided’ with Jordan Pickford in the Merseyside derby. The resulting injury was so serious that the defender wouldn’t play again for the rest of the season.
There was talk he’d make it back for the Euros but he had to step aside in the end, even if the Dutch national team wanted him to play.
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It’s got to hurt, especially as Van Dijk should have captained the Netherlands at Euro 2020. But at least he won’t be watching things from home.
The Mirror says manager Frank de Boer has given Van Dijk and ‘unofficial’ role on his backroom staff. He wants the Liverpool star with the squad, even if he can’t participate on the pitch.
It’s more than just a nice gesture, apparently, as De Boer truly believes this will benefit his squad. And perhaps it will – Van Dijk is captain for a reason, after all.
It might come good from a Liverpool perspective, too. This has a chance to be a really positive experience for Van Dijk after the most negative season of his career.
Anything that leaves him motivated and in a good frame of mind sounds good to us. We’re hoping Van Dijk can help deliver another Premier League title next season and a positive summer for the world’s best defender goes some way to helping that.