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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp and Virgil van Dijk could be on a collision course over the centre-back’s planned return from injury. The Dutch international is currently making a slow recovery after sustaining a nasty ACL injury.
Van Dijk was ruled out for the rest of the season following a crunch challenge from Jordan Pickford during the Merseyside Derby in October. The defender ruptured his anterior cruciate ligaments and has been making a steady bid to return ever since.
Klopp has already warned that the nature of Van Dijk’s injury could even mean he misses the start of next season.
But, according to the Mirror, the defender is keen on returning in time for the Euros and making a comeback for the Netherlands.
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Holland boss Frank de Boer has promised Van Dijk a place should he be fit but this won’t go down well in Klopp’s books.
The report adds that the German and his medical staff are horrified at the prospect of Van Dijk playing for his country before returning for Liverpool.
However, Ronald Koeman’s brother, Erwin seems resolute that Van Dijk will make a return this summer.
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“Knowing Virgil I can fully imagine how he sees this issue,” he said.
“I ruptured my ligaments before the 1990 World Cup in Italy but I really wanted to go to the tournament.
“I joined the team in a late stage and I had to to extra tests to prove I was fit enough to play but I proved that I was fit.
“As a player you don’t want to miss a World Cup or the Euros. You want to play there at any costs.
“Sometimes against common sense, but it would help if he can play a game for Liverpool before June.”
But nothing is set in stone and former Netherlands assistant Raymond Verheijen, a recovery specialist, has claimed a return too early could be a major risk.
“As soon as he is back on the pitch for Liverpool the door will be open to the Euros,” he said.
“If he has zero minutes it will mean that after a long and careful recovery at Liverpool he will suddenly be exposed to something different with Holland – and that always brings risks.
“Virgil will have to weigh up everything by that time and make sure he makes the right decision.”
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