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John Terry, Luis Garcia and Liverpool players send messages to Reds star on Instagram

Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk posted an emotional message on Instagram after a return from injury last night, which prompted a wave of positive messages. 

Van Dijk, 30, has been sidelined for nine months with a serious knee problem. However, he played his first senior minutes since October in yesterday’s 4-3 pre-season defeat to Hertha Berlin in a friendly.

The 30-year-old made his comeback off the bench, along with Joe Gomez, who’s also been missing with a long-term injury.

Jurgen Klopp’s side still have another couple of pre-season matches before the Premier League season starts, so perhaps the Dutchman can get a little closer to full fitness with more minutes on the pitch. 

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John Terry and Luis Garcia, who were both involved in the fierce Chelsea-Liverpool rivalry years ago, both replied to Van Dijk on Instagram. Terry is not a favourite with Reds supporters, but the ex-Chelsea centre-half has great respect for one of the modern day elite defenders.

Also, several of Van Dijk’s teammates posted messages. 

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For Van Dijk, it’s likely to take a while getting up to full speed after such a long injury lay-off. However, everyone wants to see if he can recapture the form that made him the best centre-backs around.

He’s already achieved so much in a Liverpool shirt, but the 30-year-old should still have plenty of years left.

It feels like the Merseyside club have a real point to prove after dropping a long way off the pace last season.

Everyone receives a major lift though when Van Dijk plays at Anfield. His return is certainly something that will frighten rivals Manchester City.

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