Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk returns from Dubai, steps up injury return

Virgil van Dijk has returned from Dubai to Anfield and is now working on his Liverpool comeback on Merseyside.

The defender has spent much of the past couple of months in Dubai training at the Nad al Sheba Complex.

After suffering anterior cruciate ligament damage during the 2-2 draw with Everton in mid-October, Van Dijk underwent surgery in London later that month.

He was then given his first real glimpse of the club’s new AXA Training Centre in early December when he was put through his paces with a light gym session.

Van Dijk settled in Dubai later that month as he stepped up his recovery through the use of the world-class facilities on offer at the NAS Complex.

Yoga sessions, exercise bikes and strength and conditioning workouts all formed part of the routine for the former Southampton star.

That was until a few days ago when Van Dijk flew back to step up his recovery further at Liverpool’s £50m training base in Kirkby.

According to the Echo,, Van Dijk, is now in the process of furthering his rehabilitation with club staff as he aims to get back on the pitch as quickly as possible.

The Dutchman has been given his own bespoke training regime to work towards as the recovery process goes on for the most expensive signing in Anfield history.

Liverpool are still reluctant to place a time frame on the length of absence for Van Dijk as he gets to work in the relatively new surroundings of the AXA Centre.

The club are also unlikely to be in any rush to jolt Van Dijk’s return forward with 14 games left to play in the league this term.

Speaking earlier this month, manager Jurgen Klopp hinted that his absence would last for the remainder of the campaign.

Although the Reds boss conceded that Van Dijk would remain on the club’s squad list for the league in the hope of a comeback.

Klopp said: “At the moment, nobody, no doctor has told me there’s a chance for Virgil to play in this season again.

“I don’t want to say it is absolutely impossible, but it is not likely. It’s not likely and we don’t have to discuss these things really.

“So like I said, if we have space we would put them all on, even when all the medical people tell us there is no chance, we put them all on because we believe in miracles from time to time.

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“But if there is no place and we have to consider these things and say their chance is not too big [to be fit] so now we have to make a decision.

“If they are on the list then it is only because we hope for a miracle. That is it.”

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