Injured star Virgil van Dijk sent a classy message to his Liverpool team-mates before their 1-0 win away at Ajax in the Champions League last night.
Van Dijk is unlikely to play again this season after suffering a horror injury away at Everton last weekend, with Jordan Pickford’s heavy challenge at Goodison Park damaging his ACL.
The Dutch centre-back is now set to undergo surgery on his knee, yet reports have emerged suggesting his problem is actually worse than first feared.
He was therefore unavailable for the Reds’ clash with Ajax on Wednesday, watching on as his team-mates picked up a narrow 1-0 win thanks to a Nicolas Tagliafico own goal.
And after the victory, Georginio Wijnaldum revealed that Van Dijk had been in touch beforehand to wish the squad good luck in Amsterdam.
“Virgil sent a message, he wished us good luck in the group chat on WhatsApp, he wished everyone well,” Wijnaldum said.
“But for me, I don’t think it is the right time to speak with Virgil about football – because football at this time is not the most important thing.
“I think for him and for me when we speak together the most important thing is his rehab and those things. So when I speak to him it is more about life than about football.
“It might change in a few months because then he will be far into his rehab, and can talk about the games. But for now it is definitely not the right time to speak about football with Virgil.”
Van Dijk will miss the majority if not all of Liverpool’s European campaign this season, coming as a major blow to Jurgen Klopp.
However, the Reds showed they can keep things tight at the back without their star defender away at Ajax last night, despite not producing their most impressive all-round display.
“It’s normally December we have games, games, games all along, but because of Covid we have to catch up with a lot of games. So you are trying to get through and be positive,” Wijnaldum explained.
“Last season we started with an away defeat and it gives a totally different feeling to what we have right now.
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“Of course we could have done better in this game but those type of games when you don’t play as well as normal and you win, that is what we aim for. We found a way to win against a strong side.
“That gives you a really good feeling when you win games when you don’t play as good as you normally can. It gives you a lot of confidence and I hope we can keep doing that.”
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