Virgil van Dijk returns to light training following knee surgery

Ross Houston
November 21, 2020

Former Liverpool striker Michael Owen has suggested that Virgil van Dijk could make his return for the "big" matches at the end of the season.

The 29-year-old has been out of action since the middle of last month, when he was on the receiving end of a terrible challenge by Jordan Pickford.

Manager Jurgen Klopp is without two members of his first-choice back four for the foreseeable future with Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez sidelined due to knee injuries while Fabinho, who was deputising in central defence, is also missing.

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Liverpool FC via Getty Images

The Dutch colossus is in the first phase of his recovery after successful ACL surgery last month following his injury in the Merseyside derby draw.

Jordan Henderson has given Liverpool another injury headache meaning up to nine players are set to miss Sunday's Premier League clash with Leicester City, according to The Times.

"Of course, Liverpool, the whole squad is very good".

"When you're in the tunnel before the game you look in front of you and behind you and think, "right, we've got a chance because we've got him in our team". The Everton goalkeeper somehow didn't receive his marching orders, while Van Dijk limped off the field and received the devastating news that he had picked up a serious knee issue.

"A cruciate ligament injury is sort of five to six months if everything goes perfectly. It's a huge blow".

On Thursday, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was photographed back in training for Liverpool, having been absent since July.

The Ballon d'Or victor explained: "I have no doubts if these players were fit, then Liverpool are the best team in the land".

Unlike other leagues across Europe, the Premier League has not continued allowing five subs per game this season as they did following the coronavirus-enforced break last term.

Klopp will have to put his injury problems to one side as he prepares to welcome leaders Leicester to Anfield on Sunday night with Liverpool looking for a win to hopefully climb back to the top of the Premier League table.

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