It was quiet for a while around the captain of the Dutch team Virgil van Dijk, who has been recovering from a severe knee injury since October. Last Sunday there was an encouraging sign of life, when he held up a ball on a football field, and now Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp says it “looks very good”.
More than that positive note Klopp cant share yet. “I dont know exactly whats possible, Im not the right person to say that. But it looks very good. I spoke to him on the phone this morning, hes in a very good mood.”
Van Dijk was injured by his knee ligaments in the derby with Everton on 17 October. He left the field limping. Federal coach Frank de Boer said in November that “it will be important” whether he will reach the European Championships in June 2021. Oranje will play his first group match on 13 June. This fear, given recent developments, is somewhat less founded.
Though Klopp tempers expectations, too. “Ive had this injury myself. Hes still got a lot of steps to take. But in terms of length of recovery, the time ahead, it looks hopeful.”
A former teammate of Van Dijk, Dejan Lovren, also sees that the international is on its way back: