JURGEN KLOPP has revealed Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez are usually not but able to make their long-awaited comeback from damage.
The German admitted he doesn’t anticipate both to play in Liverpool’s subsequent pre-season recreation simply three weeks earlier than the beginning of the brand new marketing campaign.
Virgil van Dijk is just not anticipated to make his Liverpool comeback in opposition to Mainz on FridayCredit score: SNS
Joe Gomez can also be dealing with a struggle to be prepared for the Premier League’s opening dayCredit score: Getty
Defensive pair Van Dijk and Gomez each spent the majority of final time period on the sidelines and missed out on Euro 2020 with their nations this summer season.
Dutch colossus VVD ruptured his cruciate knee ligament after a challenge from Everton’s Jordan Pickford final October.
Gomez then had to go under the knife a month later after hurting his knee in England coaching.
Each defenders joined the remainder of Liverpool’s out there gamers on their pre-season tour of Austria however are engaged on particular person programmes.
The duo had been absent for the 2 30-minute matches in opposition to Wacker Innsbruck and Stuttgart on Tuesday – which every ended 1-1.
And Klopp has admitted that he stays uncertain over both Van Dijk or Gomez being declared match to face Mainz for Friday’s pleasant.
He instructed LFCTV: “It might be a shock, to me as nicely.
“They’ve regarded actually good in coaching and yesterday was the primary day the place they did very advanced issues, often it’s both offensive or defensive and stuff like this.
“We now have to get there, step-by-step, however I don’t anticipate them for Friday.”
Van Dijk and Gomez will subsequent have the prospect to show their health in opposition to Hertha Berlin on July 29.
Liverpool then have an August doubleheader to tackle Athletic Bilbao and Osasuna earlier than travelling to face Norwich for the Premier League opener.
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