This international break has been far from kind for Liverpool, with there seemingly being a fresh injury concern each day, but the Reds’ have finally been handed a timely boost, with Dutch manager Ronald Koeman confirming that Virgil Van Dijk will be fit for this Sunday’s fixture against Huddersfield Town.
Van Dijk, who has been struggling with a rib injury, has returned earlier than scheduled to Melwood and will miss Holland’s friendly against Belgium this evening in order to recover for Sunday’s game.
“He’s back in Liverpool but he’s ready to play for next week”, Koeman stated in a press conference.
“He spoke to the manager. The medical staff of the Dutch national team spoke to the medical staff of Liverpool and made the decision that he was playing only the Germany game and then after back to Liverpool.”
“He is ready to play next weekend.”
Van Dijk’s presence at the back has been vital to Liverpool’s early season form, with only 3 goals conceded in 8 games in the Premier League thus far and having him miss out would have been a severe blow.
Klopp was also handed an additional surprising boost in the form of James Milner, who has made an exceptionally quick recovery to put himself in contention against the Terriers, according to an article published in The Mirror.
The 32-year-old, who has been in outstanding form so far this season, went off with a hamstring injury in the 0-0 draw with Manchester City 10 days ago and was expected to be side-lined until November.
However, his comeback has been much faster than anticipated and the medical team have declared him fit to play — testament to Milner’s high fitness levels and work ethic.
Despite returning early following a tight muscle picked up in Egypt’s 4-1 win over Swaziland (where he scored directly from a corner), Mo Salah is also set to be fit and should resume training at Melwood on Thursday.
One man who remains a doubt for Sunday’s match though is Sadio Mane. Mane was seen pictured with a bandage on his hand during international duty with Senegal, and is set to be monitored upon his return to Liverpool.