Virgil Van Dijk injury update: Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says defender could face Newcastle

Virgil van Dijk in training with Jurgen Klopp
Virgil van Dijk has not performed in Liverpool’s past seven matches

Defender Virgil van Dijk could start out Liverpool’s Premier League game at Newcastle on Saturday immediately after recovering from a hamstring personal injury.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says the centre-back, 31, “looked unquestionably all set” to return to the facet for the duration of Thursday’s training session.

The Netherlands captain has not performed due to the fact being taken off at 50 %-time in the defeat by Brentford on 2 January.

Questioned if Van Dijk was offered to confront the Magpies, Klopp claimed: “I assume so.”

Van Dijk was an unused substitute in the Reds’ win over Everton in the Merseyside derby on Monday.

“Yesterday [Thursday] he appeared certainly ready, and now I consider he will search the very same. And then we make a conclusion.”

Liverpool travel to St James’ Park in ninth position in the table soon after a season of poor sort and accidents, though their hosts are fourth and concentrating on Champions League qualification.

Klopp says reverse amount Eddie Howe has overseen an “certainly exceptional” turnaround following getting charge with the facet in 19th area final season.

“This is a enormous game. If you want to get to anything this season, we have to chase every person, in particular individuals who are ahead of us in the table,” Klopp explained.

“It will never be effortless, but we have to consider. It will be tough Newcastle are the greatest defence in the league, misplaced just when to us, we required a late goal. They are really consistent and that is the initial step to achievements.

“Eddie Howe has carried out an exceptional job, definitely remarkable. The fiscal opportunities they have, or will have, are excellent, but it is not simply because of that.

“He arrived in a hard scenario, they stayed comfortably in the league, now the team is unrecognisable.”

Klopp also verified injured duo Thiago Alcantara and Luis Diaz were unavailable for the journey, though teenage defender Calvin Ramsay is envisioned to miss the rest of the season soon after owning knee medical procedures.

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