Jurgen Klopp’s touching message to van Dijk as Liverpool star begins rehab

Jurgen Klopp has sent a touching message to Virgil van Dijk as the Liverpool defender begins his rehab.

The Dutchman was on the end of a horror tackle from Jordan Pickford in the Merseyside derby, being pulled off after 10 minutes with a knee injury.

It has since been confirmed as a Grade 3 Anterior Cruciate Ligament tear, expected to keep the 29-year-old for most of the season.

And Klopp has now sent a message of support to the centre-back.

Speaking to the Reds’ website, Klopp said: “It’s always the same, players love to be rather on their own in the moment and to deal in the first moment with it.

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“I am long enough in the business to know that. I was injured myself, I had exactly the same injury if I’m right and it’s not then that you are then pretty chatty.

“It all will start but we are in contact, of course, we are in contact.

“We are there for him, he knows that and we will wait for him like a good wife is waiting when the husband is in jail and will do, meanwhile, all what we can do to make it as easy for him as possible.”

The Liverpool boss has also given his take on the incident during the Merseyside derby.

“That’s all not sorted yet,” Klopp added.

“A few things are clear, so he now will be out for a while, that’s clear.

“We don’t want to set any timeframe, to be honest, because each player is different and each individual is different and these possible timeframes are always for the x, y, z player [but] Virgil is Virgil and we don’t want to set any timeframe.

“But he will be out for a pretty long time and that’s what the situation is.

“That’s what we know since… I expected it pretty much on Saturday after the game immediately, especially when I saw the challenge back.

“I saw it the first time only from the bench, and when I saw it back I was pretty clear that he will be out for a long time.

“So we feel now in this moment extremely, extremely for him because most of us were in a similar situation and we know that these situations are absolutely rubbish.

“You don’t need it. You don’t need it but you have to get over it and Virgil will get over it, 100 per cent, and today is already the first day, if you want, of the recovery.

“We go already in the right direction and so that’s OK and the rest is football and life, like always a challenge, so see what you get and then make the best of it and that’s what we do now.”

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