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Jurgen Klopp Admits Doubts Over Virgil van Dijk & Joe Gomez's Fitness Ahead of New Season

By Amreen
Van Dijk has been out of action for Liverpool since last October
Van Dijk has been out of action for Liverpool since last October / Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has insisted he will not rush Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez back into action ahead of the new Premier League season.

The Reds are due to face Norwich on the opening day of the 2021-22 campaign, with three more friendlies scheduled to take place before that. However, both defenders wll not feature in the upcoming pre-season games, and will be eased back into the fold by Klopp.

The German told the club's official website: "It would still be a surprise, unfortunately. But they look really good. Look, I think, they do everything, they play football, we keep them in training, we do the things we can do, they don’t too much and stuff like this.

"We just have to be patient – we prepare for a full season, not for a pre-season game. I will not risk it for a game here, so we have to see. We have a lot of games still coming, pre-season games, but I don’t see them being involved for the next one."

Van Dijk has been out of action since picking up an injury during a Merseyside Derby in October 2020, while Gomez was ruled out after suffering an injury while on international duty with England.

Liverpool beat Klopp's former side, Mainz, in a pre-season friendly on Friday, and the German admitted he was happy with what he saw. He said: "You always have to consider what you did the day before. We had a double session [Thursday], trained this morning, and this is exactly what you need. Good intensive stuff, and try to play the best football you can. It's pre-season.

"I am happy about a lot of situations I saw. First half I saw some really good football, we passed the ball quite quickly against a good organised side, a good defending side. It was far away from being perfect, but it is absolutely OK. The kids forced for a result in the second half, and they got it, so I'm happy about that."