Virgil van Dijk has eased Liverpool fears that his ankle injury could be serious after he went to ground in stoppage time of Holland’s 6-1 win over Turkey in Amsterdam. The defender was sent up in the air following a strong tackle after he attempted to receive an under-hit, casual pass from his goalkeeper Justin Bijlow.
Turkey would score following the mess at the back but Cengiz Under’s consolation meant precocious little as the Netherlands romped to victory in their latest World Cup qualifier.
The incident would mean a great deal to Liverpool though, who will have been left concerned by pictures of Van Dijk wincing in pain on the floor.
He clearly felt the wrath of the strong tackle, in which he did not appear to fully commit.
Thankfully for Jurgen Klopp, his talisman Van Dijk has already made it clear the problem is nothing more than an impact injury.
Manager Louis van Gaal will have been frustrated with the way his side threw away their clean sheet so carelessly with just seconds to play.
The 30-year-old has only just made his comeback following nine months on the sidelines after he suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury in the 2-2 draw at Everton last October.
He was forced to sit out of the Euros where Holland were beaten by the Czech Republic in the last 16.
Manchester United midfielder Donny van de Beek, who also missed the tournament through injury, has admitted Van Dijk’s presence was sorely missed.
“We missed him in the Euros,” said Van de Beek. “I’m happy for him that he’s back on the pitch. I know he worked really hard. It’s not easy if you get that injury, but he looks good.”
Although losing Van Dijk at any point this season would be a bitter pill to swallow, Liverpool are now stacked with options at centre-back following Joe Gomez and Joel Matip’s returns to full fitness.
Klopp’s only summer signing Ibrahima Konate is yet to feature in his new colours following his £34m move from RB Leipzig.
Nat Phillips has also signed a new long-term contract and he will be ready to fill in when required.