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Van Dijk looking good on return from knee injury, says Klopp

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp said centre-back Virgil van Dijk had made good progress in training as the Dutch international prepares to return from a serious knee injury.

Van Dijk, 30, has been sidelined since undergoing surgery on a knee injury he picked up in the English Premier League match against Everton last October.

Van Dijk, Joe Gomez (knee), Joel Matip (ankle) and Trent Alexander-Arnold (thigh) are all working on their fitness and took part in Liverpool’s pre-season training in Salzburg, Austria.

“All four look really good, I have to say,” Klopp told the club website.

 

 

“Virg and Joe will not have double sessions now for the first few days with the team... I don’t know exactly when we can make the next steps but it will happen in the next four weeks, for sure – we will get a big step forward.

“Joel looks good, absolutely, he is the closest probably to normal training... Trent was a serious enough injury, but now not a major one, I would say. He is close but in the moment, probably the next five or six days, he has a special programme.”

Liverpool, who finished third last season, begin their new EPL campaign at promoted Norwich City on Aug 14. – REUTERS

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