Jurgen Klopp claims Liverpool will wait for Virgil van Dijk ‘like a good wife is waiting when the husband is in jail’ as he throws his support behind defender following devastating knee injury
- Jurgen Klopp has backed Virgil van Dijk to make a big recovery from his injury
- The Liverpool defender will be out for an extended period with an ACL problem
- Reds boss Klopp said the club will support the defensive colossus in every step
- Van Dijk’s absence is a heavy blow to Liverpool’s chances of defending the title
Jurgen Klopp has thrown his support behind Virgil van Dijk following the defender’s devastating knee injury, as the Liverpool boss insisted ‘we will wait for him like a good wife is waiting when the husband is in jail’.
The defensive colossus, 29, will be forced to miss a large portion of the 2020-21 campaign after being caught on the receiving end of a nasty challenge from Jordan Pickford in the 2-2 draw with Everton on Saturday.
Van Dijk’s absence comes as a huge blow to Klopp’s champions, with the Dutchman an ever-present figure in Liverpool’s back four.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has thrown his support behind the injured Virgil van Dijk
The Reds defender faces a long spell on the sidelines after injuring his ACL at Everton
And the downtrodden German coach has provided an update on Van Dijk’s fitness, before throwing his support behind the popular defender who begins his long journey to recovery.
‘A few things are clear,’ Klopp told the club’s official website. ‘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.
Van Dijk’s injury comes as a huge blow to the champion’s ambitions of defending their title
‘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.’
Klopp said that Van Dijk has preferred to spend time alone to come to terms with the nature of his injury, but stressed that both he and the club will be there ‘like a good wife’ to support the Dutchman.
The German boss said the club will ‘wait for him like a good wife wait
‘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.’
Klopp’s message of support comes after Van Dijk vowed to bounce back stronger than ever after his unfortunate setback.
‘I’m now fully focused on my recovery and will do everything I can to be back as quickly as possible,’ he wrote on social media.
‘Despite the obvious disappointment, I’m a firm believer that within difficulty lies opportunity and with God’s help I’m going to make sure I return better, fitter and stronger than ever before.
‘In football, as in life, I believe everything happens for a reason and it’s important to try and keep level-headed whether going through the highs or the lows. With the support of my wife, kids, family and everyone at Liverpool, I’m ready for the challenge ahead.’