Van Dijk returns for Liverpool


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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