Liverpool‘s manager Jurgen Klopp has said that only a miracle could make Virgil Van Dijk play the rest of the season due to the injury he sustained on the knee in October
The 29-year-old defender has not played for the Reds since he suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament against Everton last year
The defender managed five Premier League appearances; found the back of the net just once. The recent incident of the Dutchman is a major blow on the entire squad as Klopp will be having headaches in bringing out the best from its defensive area.
But the German coach said Van Dijk could make a surprise return to the club, he recalled that last month was very positive for the defender.
“In the moment, I don’t know where these things are coming from, nobody really, no doctor, nobody really told me there’s a chance for Virgil to play in this season again.” Klopp stated at press conference on Tuesday.
“I don’t want to say that’s absolutely impossible but it’s not likely. It’s not likely. We don’t have to discuss these things really.” he added.
The manager admitted his belief in miracles, as he hopes that the injured players including Van Dijk we return surprisingly.
“If we have space [in our Premier League and Champions League squad list] we would put them all on, even when all the medical people tell us there’s no chance. We put them on because we believe in miracles from time to time.
“But if there’s no place then we have to consider this kind of thing and say, the chance is not too big so we have to make the decision. But if they are on the list then it’s only because we hope for nearly a miracle. That’s it.”
Almost first team defenders- like Joe Gomis, Joel Matip -in Liverpool are on the injury list except, Trent Alexander- Arnold and Andy Robertson, which is a major blow at Anfield.
“I don’t have the right words for it,the things that happened to the boys is incredible and the latest one that happened to Joel is a big, big blow to all of us.
“It is really harsh and he was really unlucky in that situation. This challenge with Son was a really good challenge and he played on. At half-time when we were strapping him, the ankle blew up and there was no chance.
“There is nothing good to say about it. The only good thing is he will be back for pre-season and we have time to work on things that will make him even stronger for the future.”
Liverpool, who are third on the Premier League log, will set to face Brighton & Hove Albion tomorrow, after beating two London sides, Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United.