Former Netherlands midfielder Clarence Seedorf says that Virgil van Dijk is showing a desire to return to action “stronger than before”.
Seedorf has worked with his fellow countryman as he continues his rehabilitation from a knee injury.
Van Dijk ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament in October and it remains unclear when he will return. But the 29-year-old has posted several videos on social media recently to document his progress.
Indeed, his latest post showed him on an exercise bike, while he has also shown himself testing the resistance in his knee.
But Dutch legend Seedorf joined Van Dijk for a session and took to Instagram to report the defender’s progress.
“I joined the captain Virgil van Dijk for some training today,” he said.
“Happy to see his determination and hard work to be back on the pitch stronger than before!
“In these type of journeys, patience and focus are key to succeed. Keep it up my brother!”
Van Dijk has proved a big miss for Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp. Indeed, the centre-back had played every Premier League game in the past two seasons, as well as every game this term before his injury.
But Joe Gomez’s own knee injury has further hampered the Reds at the back. Like Van Dijk, the Englishman’s timeline of recovery remains unclear.
That left Joel Matip as Klopp’s only other senior fit centre-back – until Sunday’s draw with West Brom. The 29-year-old fell foul of an adductor issue and will be out for around three weeks.
As such, defensive midfielder Fabinho remains the club’s makeshift veteran in defence. Fringe players Nathaniel Phillips and Rhys Williams have had to step in alongside him.
Salah criticised for Liverpool performance
Liverpool’s latest match saw them draw 0-0 with Newcastle at St James’ Park on Wednesday.
Mohamed Salah had a couple of chances to net the opener but Magpies goalkeeper Karl Darlow made some excellent saves.
Pundit Peter Crouch, though, was not impressed by Salah’s display.