Liverpool boss Klopp reveals ‘pretty harsh’ Van Dijk injury diagnosis as his absence is a ‘big blow’

Klopp on Van Dijk Credit: Alamy
Klopp on Van Dijk Credit: Alamy

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has revealed that Virgil van Dijk will be out of action for over a month as a result of a hamstring injury.

The centre-back was subbed off at half-time during Liverpool’s shock 3-1 defeat against Brentford earlier this week.

It was later reported that Van Dijk’s injury was ‘worse than expected’ and Klopp confirmed this during his press conference on Friday.

“It was a surprise for us and a big blow. The diagnosis was pretty harsh and we talk about weeks, more than a month,” said manager Klopp.

“It’s a muscle thing – nothing different to say – it was one sprint too much in that moment.

“For Virgil, it is hard for him but he played an incredible amount of games over the last years and we cannot use him on the pitch, only off the pitch, and we will do that.

“He never had an issue with muscles before and it just now happened. That’s how it is. We did nothing different.”

Klopp is happy with what Cody Gakpo has been doing in training after his transfer to Liverpool from PSG Eindhoven.

Gakpo is in line to make his Liverpool debut against Wolves in the FA Cup third-round on Saturday night. Klopp says the attacker is a “joy to watch”.

“They couldn’t be more different [Van Dijk and Gakpo]. We have to see; that is how it is, we have other centre-halves,” Klopp added.

“Cody has been in for two training days.

“It is really nice to have him, with our striker situation; he is a joy to watch. He is natural in the offensive part of the game and knows where the goal is.

“He is a good footballer, good in small spaces. He likes to finish from distance and has a good shooting technique. He’s a good dribbler.

“This is the first possible moment he could play and it is perfect; usually decisions are made later in January but it was early and I’m fine about the situation.”

On the balance of his midfield, Klopp continued: “It might be a problem. Not so much in the last game. The goals we conceded were from set pieces and counter-attack.

“It is all about organisation, about us doing it collectively in the right manner. It works out most of the time, and if not Alisson makes saves. These situations were always there, even in the best games.”

On his forwards pressing: “It is my job to make it clear. It is not about about wanting it, it is about the right timing, that we are together we are compact.

“If things don’t work out, somebody isn’t doing as they should, sometimes one player, sometimes two, sometimes three. It is not conscious.”

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