Virgil van Dijk’s injured knee ‘does not look like how a knee should’

Virgil van Dijk's injured knee 'does not look like how a knee should'.

That is the latest update from Jurgen Klopp, who has been in contact with the Dutchman as he continues his recovery.

The £80m man has been ruled out for the season after being the receiver of a nasty challenge in the Merseyside derby in October.

The Liverpool defender suffered knee ligament damage – one of the worst injuries a footballer can face – that required surgery.

After his successful operation, there now awaits to painstakingly long recovery period that can last anywhere past 10 months.

In short, it has seen Van Dijk's season effectively ruled out with little chance of a comeback.

There could even be the more pressing issue of long-term damage and that when he is back, he may not be the titan of a player he had been.

And while Klopp has stated that Van Dijk is doing well considering the circumstances, he had a sobering reminder.

He said: "Yes, of course we are in contact. Considering the circumstances, he's doing really well.

“His knee doesn’t look good, to be honest; it doesn’t look like a knee should look – but it looks good for a knee with that surgery and the time he had since the surgery.

“So, yes, of course we are in contact and he's doing well, that's true.”

Van Dijk is not the only injury issue at Anfield, with Joe Gomez, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Thiago Alcantara and now James Milner on the sidelines.

Thiago was another casualty from the Merseyside derby and Klopp has opened over his situation.

He said: “Thiago we have to maybe clarify it a little bit.

“On that day when Thiago got injured in that challenge in the Everton game, there was another bad injury [to Virgil van Dijk].

"After the scans it was like one was really bad news and the other one was really good news because nothing was broken, nothing was ruptured and stuff like this.

“It is not massive and he trains from time to time, not in the moment because we just have to realise that we have to go a few further steps.

"I can’t say exactly when he will be fine, but it will take a few weeks still with Thiago.”

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