Liverpool defender continues to make “good progress” on his road back to full fitness

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Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk continues to make “good progress” on his road to recovery according to Reds boss Jürgen Klopp.

Van Dijk suffered an ACL injury after Jordan Pickford’s horror challenge in the Merseyside derby in October. The centre-back is not expected to return to first-team action until around May.

Earlier this week, Van Dijk posted another social media update showing some of his efforts to get back to full fitness as soon as possible.

Speaking after Liverpool’s 0-0 draw at Newcastle on Wednesday night, Klopp was asked about Van Dijk’s status:

“Good, very good. I have no problem with talking about Virgil van Dijk. It’s very good but still a long way to go, that’s this kind of injury,” said the Reds boss.

“I’m happy when I see these videos, to be honest, because it just shows that he makes good progress. But it will still take a lot of time, that’s how it is.

“I would like to say something else but these are the facts, unfortunately.”

Liverpool are top of the Premier League with Van Dijk and Joe Gomez – the club’s first-choice centre-back pairing – both out for the bulk of the season. Klopp’s men also won their Champions League group despite the injury problems in the camp.

Next up for Liverpool is a tough trip to St Mary’s to face Ralph Hasenhüttl’s Southampton.

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