Klopp’s update on Van Dijk, Gomez, Matip and Alexander-Arnold fitness
Jürgen Klopp has offered an update on the latest conditions of Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Joel Matip and Trent Alexander-Arnold following their respective injury issues.
The quartet are part of Liverpool’s 34-man squad that began pre-season training at the team’s base in the Austrian state of Salzburg on Monday.
Earlier today, Van Dijk, Gomez and Matip joined in the day’s first session alongside their teammates as they continue on the road back to first-team returns after being sidelined last term.
Speaking exclusively to Liverpoolfc.com at the team hotel, Klopp detailed how the Reds will look to carefully re-integrate the four over the coming days.
“No, they aren’t [at the same level as the others], but it’s different,” said the boss. “Let’s start with: all four look really good, I have to say. Look really good.
“Now we are in constant talks with the medical department, the fitness department, the rehab department about what is right for them today: do they have to do maybe a little bit more than the rest of the group, do they have to do a little bit less?
“So, especially Virg and Joe will not have double sessions now for the first few days with the team; they have a second session of the day but it’s with Andreas Schlumberger, with the rehab department, physiotherapy, these kinds of things. That’s for these two. [They] look really good. I don’t know exactly when we can make the next steps but it will happen in the next four weeks, for sure – we will get a big step forward.
“Joel looks good, absolutely, he is the closest probably to normal training and then we will see when we get him started for playing.