Virgil Van Dijk Could Miss Liverpool’s Clash Against Man City After World Cup

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When Liverpool plays its first game against Manchester City after the World Cup break, Jurgen Klopp has hinted that he won’t be considering using Virgil van Dijk.

Following the Netherlands’ relegation from the World Cup against Argentina last Friday, Van Dijk returned to Liverpool’s training camp in Dubai this week.

The 31-year-old was fully active for 480 minutes throughout all five of his country’s games in Qatar, including extra time in the quarterfinal defeat to Argentina.

While Klopp does not want to hasten Van Dijk’s recovery, he has not yet decided whether to start Jordan Henderson and Trent Alexander-Arnold from England.

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Alexander-Arnold only lasted 33 minutes on the pitch in the five games the Three Lions played, and Henderson failed to finish any of the three England games he began.

“Yes, there’s a chance, of course – they’re training already,” Klopp told Liverpool’s official website when asked if any returning World Cup players would be in action against City.

“Hendo is already training here. Virgil is training here, but I don’t think we will try that. Hendo we will see, Trent we will see.

“But this group worked now together for nearly two weeks and we made a real step and that’s cool. I don’t know in this moment.

“I hope we all get through it and we all know in England, and in Europe in general, there’s kind of a virus going around, so we hope we can stay out of that.

“Then we’ll make the decision obviously on Wednesday who can play on Thursday. But it’s good and will be a very interesting game after that period, but I’m looking forward to it.”

After Liverpool’s journey to the Etihad Stadium, they return to Premier League play four days later with a trip to Aston Villa before hosting Leicester City on December 30.

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