Having allayed fears over a call-up to the Netherlands squad for this summers European Championships – instead opting to continue his rehabilitation on Merseyside – the Dutchman has been snapped getting back to training.
There had been concerns the 29-year-old would make a last-ditch fitness attempt to captain Holland in the rescheduled Euro 2020 tournament.
However, Van Dijk told the club’s official website returning for next season remains a priority.
Just hours later, the centre-back was continuing his recovery at the AXA Kirkby Training Centre, posting the pictures on his personal Twitter account.
Twitter: https://t.co/lzxKSNxd2F (@VirgilvDijk)
Van Dijk described himself as ‘very gutted’ to be missing out on the opportunity to lead his nation out this summer.
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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp would have been delighted by the decision to keep his ‘Rolls Royce’ away from the Euros.
Having suffered badly with injuries to the defensive department as a whole this season, the German will be desperate to have Van Dijk, Joel Matip and Joe Gomez fit and firing for the start of the 2021/22 campaign.
Add to those the possibility of signing Ibrahima Konate, Ozan Kabak and the emergence of Nat Phillips, suddenly the defensive ranks look as strong as ever in recent years.