Van Dijk returns for Liverpool

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Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has returned to training in Qatar ahead of the Club World Cup final against Flamengo on Saturday.

Van Dijk was absent from Wednesday evening’s clash 2-1 win over Monterrey, which prompted Jordan Henderson to start alongside Joe Gomez in defence.

Fellow Dutchman Georginio Wijnaldum, who also missed the 2-1 victory, did not feature but trained with the team on Friday morning ahead of Saturday’s match.

Teenager Sepp van den Berg is a late addition to the squad, having travelled to Qatar on Wednesday and could play.

Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp admits Flamengo will present a tough test in the final in Qatar but promised his side will be different on Saturday.

“Tough game, a really tough game. But we watched the game (against Al Hilal), I saw a lot and we will watch more games. One game is important, but it is not all about that. It was an open game for a long period, we will see who deals better with the circumstances, who has more right decisions. We will be a different opponent, of course,” Klopp told reporters.

Liverpool will be looking to become world champions of the Club World Cup for the first time in their history, a feat that only their bitter rivals Manchester United have achieved among English sides.

Flamengo defeated Liverpool 3-0 in the Intercontinental Cup in Tokyo in 1981.

By Ofhani Munyai

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