Virgil van Dijk is on the sidelines.
The Liverpool defender sustained a horrible injury in the Merseyside derby against Everton as the two sides played out a pulsating 2-2 draw.
He could be out for the rest of the season and has undergone surgery on the issue, with the Reds soldiering on without him.
Since his injury, the Reds have played six games in all competitions and Jurgen Klopp’s men have avoided defeat throughout.
They have beaten Ajax, Midtjylland, and Atalanta in the Champions League and Sheffield United and West Ham United in the Premier League; they also drew 1-1 with Manchester City last time out.
It means that Van Dijk is also absent from the Netherlands’ upcoming games against Spain – a friendly – and Bosnia and Herzegovina and Poland in the UEFA Nations League.
Georginio Wijnaldum is fit, though, and he has jetted off to link up with his Dutch team-mates.
And while away from Merseyside, he has given an interview with VI, which has been transcribed by Goal, and he has issued a major update on the status of the central defender.
He said: “Virgil will return with god’s will.
“It is a difficult time for him; this is the worst thing you can experience as a football player. You go through hell. But I think he is very strong. We FaceTime every now and then and that is very nice.”
GIVEMESPORT’S Harry Sherlock says…
Van Dijk will be itching to get back on a pitch and he is absolutely vital to the way the Reds play.
He might well be the best defender in the world and since his absence, they have not kept a clean sheet in the league.
It is not usual, really, for Liverpool to concede goals against Sheffield United and West Ham, with Klopp trying to find a solution to his absence.
Against West Ham, he played Fabinho in central defence alongside Joe Gomez, while youngster Nat Phillips played there against West Ham.
That the Reds are still winning games without him is a positive, of course, but one has to think that they need to tighten up in his absence.
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