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Liverpool Manager Jurgen Klopp Thinks Virgil Van Dijk And Joe Gomez Look Pretty Well

Virgil Van Dijk and Joe Gomez, both of Liverpool’s centre-backs, ‘look pretty good’ as they prepare to return from long-term injuries, according to manager Jurgen Klopp.

Trent Alexander-Arnold, who was injured in the build-up to Euro 2020, and Joel Matip have both received favorable updates from the Reds boss.

At Liverpool’s pre-season training camp in Austria, the four players are working on their fitness.

Virgil van Dijk has returned to training after missing the most of last season due to a knee injury. Joe Gomez has also returned to training after missing the majority of last season due to a knee problem. Defensive issues were one of the main reasons why Liverpool were unable to mount a successful Premier League championship defence last season.

Van Dijk’s absence was keenly felt, as the Dutchman missed the entire season after sustaining a knee injury in the Merseyside derby against Everton in October of last year.

A few weeks later, Gomez was also declared out for the season due to a knee injury.

Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez are expected to make a ‘great stride forward’ in the coming weeks, according to Jurgen Klopp, who told the club’s website: ‘Virg and Joe will not have double workouts now for the first few days with the team.’

They have a second session of the day, but it’s with the rehab section, which includes physiotherapy and other similar services.

‘That’s for these two,’ says the narrator.

These appear to be excellent.

I’m not sure when we’ll be able to take the following steps, but it will happen within the next four weeks.

‘We will undoubtedly make significant progress.’ Matip, a centre-back, did not play again after sustaining ankle ligament damage in February.

Alexander-Arnold, a right-back who impressed late in the season and earned a spot in England’s summer plans, suffered a thigh injury in a friendly against Austria last month.

Trent Alexander-Arnold (left) has returned to training after missing Euro 2020 due to injury, according to Klopp. ‘Joel looks good, absolutely, he is the closest to normal training, and then we will see when we get him started for playing,’ he said.

‘It was a significant injury at the time, but it is no longer a major one,’ I would say.

‘He’s near, but for the time being, for the next five or six days, he’s on a specific schedule – some with the team, some by himself.’

But in five, six, or seven days, he should be in regular team training.’ Last season, Van Dijk and Gomez could only watch from the stands as the Reds toiled and labored their way to third place in the Premier League.

Gomez, an England defender, talked about how he and Van Dijk supported each other out while they were both injured.

‘There were so many occasions, right at the beginning, when we were at home on the sofa and couldn’t move, and we were FaceTiming and talking about stuff,’ Gomez (left) and Van Dijk (right) said as they battled back from injury.

It was huge to have someone to relate to, to vent to when you’re frustrated,’ the England defender told Liverpool’s official website.

‘I believe we’re both grateful to have suffered each other; it was a cruel situation, but it definitely made things easier.’ ‘That’s where working alongside each other comes in handy – we both had different injuries, but we’ve been in it together the whole time.’

There will be days when we need to do something more personal, but doing team training after such a long time means a lot.

I believe I can speak for both of us when I say that we enjoyed every minute of it.

‘We’re all working towards the same goal of trying to contribute at the start of the season.’

Everyone is on their own path, but having colleagues to work with in such a pleasant setting and with such excellent amenities makes it a lot simpler.’

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