Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp eased concerns over Virgil van Dijk’s injury ahead of Friday’s trip to Southampton and praised on the Dutchman’s impact on the team.
The Netherlands captain picked up a knock while challenging Son Heung-min and Moussa Sissoko for the ball during Liverpool’s 2-1 win over Tottenham last weekend.
Van Dijk managed to prevent Sissoko from passing the ball to Son by covering off the area, with the Frenchman left with no other alternative but to take a poorly hit shot that went flying over the crossbar.
Despite his brilliant efforts, however, it turned out that Van Dijk had sustained damage after he was seen with an ice pack tied to his ankle afterwards.
But Klopp expects Van Dijk to feature in Liverpool’s trip to St Mary’s to take on his old club Southampton on Friday.
“Virgil trained yesterday [Tuesday] and today, he has trained normally, and I heard nothing different,” said Klopp, according to AOL.
“It all looks okay, quite good.”
Ever since completing a record £75m transfer in January 2018, Van Dijk has significantly improved the Liverpool backline and played a major role in their title bid this season.
“He’s so important to us, not only as a player but as a person,” said Klopp on Van Dijk.
“I couldn’t say a bad word about him even if I wanted to.
“He’s a brilliant boy, but he knows that you need the boys around you. Defending is teamwork.
“Yes, he has improved us, and he has improved since he came here as well. He is a different player to when he was at Southampton.
“Champions League quarter-finals, semi-finals and a final help you as a player.”
Van Dijk has scored four goals and added three assists in 39 appearances across all competitions for Liverpool this term.
Meanwhile, Joe Gomez and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will continue to remain sidelined for Liverpool due to a lack of fitness.