Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez took ‘important first step’ back against Hertha Berlin, says Jurgen Klopp

Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez took ‘important first step’ back against Hertha Berlin, says Jurgen Klopp

Jurgen Klopp said Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez both made an “important first step” in their comeback from long-term injuries after participating in Thursday’s 4-3 friendly loss to Hertha Berlin.

Center-backs came on in the 69th minute after being inactive for more than nine months.

Van Dijk has been out since last October with an ACL injury, and days later Gomez was also sidelined for the year when he injured his left knee, requiring surgery.

The two had trained with Liverpool in their pre-season camp in Austria, but although Klopp said they were unlikely to play a minute against Hertha Berlin, he came as a surprise by introducing the pair. in the second half.

Klopp initially said he didn’t expect Gomez or Van Dijk to play against Hertha Berlin

After the game Klopp said: “It was a nice feeling. It started off well immediately and we generally all know that the fourth goal is a clear situation that has seen and defended well. But that’s all.

“I’m not sure, around 260 days for Virg and not much less for Joe, they haven’t played football so it’s good to find them. It was the first, really important step. “

Van Dijk: Difficult to express my feelings

Van Dijk thanked his surgeon and Liverpool staff for helping him with his recovery, admitting he struggled to describe how he felt after his long-awaited return.

“285 days ago I started a journey back to the game,” said Van Dijk, writing on Twitter.

“It’s hard to express how I feel, but it’s important for me to say that I feel blessed to have had the support of so many amazing people.

“The surgeon, my physiotherapists, the coaches and the staff who have been with me in my corner since day one.

“My teammates for giving me energy and keeping my head up. The fans for their love, support and encouragement.

“And especially my family because without them, I would be nothing. Thank you “


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