Van Dijk set for return, confirms Klopp

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Liverpool and Netherlands defender Virgil van Dijk could make his return from injury against Hertha Berlin on Thursday, says club boss Jurgen Klopp.

The 30-year-old hasn’t played since undergoing knee surgery after suffering a season-ending knee injury in the Merseyside derby at Everton in October last year.

Meanwhile, the manager also divulged that defender Joe Gomez is also progressing well as he nears a return to the side following his own injury lay-off.

The Reds struggled in the absence of Van Dijk who helped them win the 2019/20 English Premier League Title.

“I hope, I am not sure, that there is the opportunity that Virgil could play a few minutes,” Klopp told the club’s official website.

“He looks really good in training and maybe we can bring [him in], but I need to have some final conversations. He looks ready and we will see.

“If you see the games now as part of their rehab training, that makes sense.

“Joey is very close. There is no race between the two of them; they had different injuries and stuff like this, but [he is] very close.”

However, the German mentor is keen to not rush Van Dijk and Gomez back into the fold prematurely, hinting he is prepared to ease them back into match action.

“I think from time to time there are some pictures of them from training sessions and everyone can see how good it looks, but there is no rush for us,” he added.

“It is not about they now need five pre-season games to be ready for the start or whatever.

“It is a long season and we prepare them after these very, very serious injuries for the rest of their careers and not for the first game of the season.”

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By FARPost Reporter