Van Dijk told to forget Euro 2020 and focus on Liverpool comeback


Virgil van Dijk has been told to forget about playing in this summer’s European Championships and instead focus on his Liverpool comeback.

The defender has been sidelined since mid-October after rupturing the anterior cruciate ligament on his right knee just 11 minutes into the Merseyside derby against Everton.

Van Dijk underwent a successful surgery to repair the damage and posted a video of himself running on social media back in March.

But a return date for the 29-year-old is still yet to be confirmed and Jurgen Klopp has repeatedly expressed his wish that he not play for Holland at Euro 2020.



Virgil van Dijk's return date from injury has not yet been confirmed
Virgil van Dijk’s return date from injury has not yet been confirmed

National team boss Frank de Boer though has revealed that he will select the centre-back for his squad if he is able to prove his fitness.

“I have spoken to him, he is going to the field. There can be all kinds of setbacks. A week or two of setbacks could mean he can’t play games for Liverpool,” de Boer said.

“Then I can imagine that they say: ‘Nice, but you can focus on next season.’ Ultimately, he must have a good feeling himself. I’m glad he’s on the right track.

“We will see. I’m not putting any pressure on him at all. He must do it himself and must have confidence in it himself. The choice mainly lies with him.”



Holland coach Frank de Boer hopes van Dijk will be avaliable for this summer's European Championships
Holland coach Frank de Boer hopes van Dijk will be avaliable for this summer’s European Championships

Klopp though now has an ally in his corner as he seeks to prevent van Dijk from playing for the Dutch national team before Liverpool.

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Surprisingly, that ally comes from Holland, with former Netherlands international Khalid Boulahrouz telling his countryman to focus on the Reds.

“I don’t think he should be preoccupied with the European Championships,” he told Ziggo Sport, via Voetbal Primeur.

“He shouldn’t put that pressure on himself. His career lasts longer than the tournament. Sure, such a tournament is great, but he still has many beautiful things to do in his career.

“He first has to go and see: okay, will I be able to get fit in time? And how far along am I when I can get back on the pitch?

“Then he has to see if it’s worth considering. But I wouldn’t be thinking about the European Championships.”





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