Klopp says Van Dijk’s knee ‘doesn’t look like it should’

Will Ford
Adrian Pickford

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says Virgil van Dijk’s knee “doesn’t look how a knee should”.

But Klopp stressed that surgery on the centre-back’s knee went as planned and that he is in regular contact with his star player.

Van Dijk ruptured his ACL in the Merseyside derby after a clumsy challenge by Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.

“Of course we are in contact,” Klopp said in a press conference on Monday.

“Considering the circumstances he is doing well but the knee doesn’t look good.

“It doesn’t look how a knee should but looks okay considering the surgery he had.”

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Klopp is also without Trent Alexander-Arnold, but was more positive about the progress of the right-back.

“Trent looks quite good,” Klopp added. “Nobody gave me the green light for tonight.

“I saw him on the pitch doing his rehab stuff so that already looks good but I cannot decide when it will be finished. From what I saw today, it won’t be much longer.”

On Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri he added: “They are all getting closer, but not close enough for tomorrow. With Naby we have to check, but the other two [Shaqiri and Alexander-Arnold], they will not be ready.”