Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has been urged to forget about the upcoming European Championship due to his injury woes.
Having suffered a serious knee injury against Everton back in October, the defender was expected to be ruled out for the rest of the club campaign, as well as this summer’s tournament.
However, Netherlands coach Frank de Boer has suggested that the 29-year-old could potentially “contribute” to the national side this summer, having returned to training with the Anfield club.
However, former Dutch international Khalid Boularhrouz has suggested that he “wouldn’t be thinking” about the Euros if he were Van Dijk.
Whilst missing out on the chance to appear for his country at the Euros would be a huge blow for the Reds’ centre-back, it would be a considerable positive for Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool.
Missing out on the tournament would of course give Van Dijk more time to recover from the serious knee injury he sustained six months ago, allowing him to get back to top form and fitness.
Of course, the Dutchman not taking to the pitch should also eliminate any possibility of him aggravating the problem once again, hopefully leaving him fully-fit going into the 2021/22 campaign.
Should he play at the tournament and get injured, then Liverpool would certainly feel his absence once again. With Van Dijk in the backline during 2019/20, the Reds lifted the Premier League title, only conceding 33 goals – just 0.86 per game – en route to their iconic triumph.
Their drop-off without the £63m-rated defender this season has been dramatic. In the league matches he has missed this campaign, Jurgen Klopp’s troops have conceded 0.92 goals per game, leaving them languishing sixth in the table.
With the 29-year-old back, though, he could certainly help Liverpool to get back to their best. Whilst Van Dijk missing the Euros could be a personal blow for the player, it could also be a huge boost to Liverpool.
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