Injured Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk has reportedly started “light recovery training” as he looks to work his way back from injury.
After sustaining a knee injury earlier in the season during the Merseyside fixture with Everton, the £180,000-a-week star (Spotrac) required surgery and since then has formalised a plan for his comeback with a specialist.
According to the Daily Mail, the 29-year-old has commenced low impact training to help provide a small boost for the Reds.
The report explains that there is no indication whether or not the Holland international is ahead of schedule in terms of his return to fitness, but it’s encouraging for Liverpool to have him in the early stages of training.
With centre-back partner Joe Gomez sidelined for the rest of the season through injury, it leaves Jurgen Klopp’s team extremely thin on the ground in the heart of the defence and they’ve lost the combination that has been so successful in the past couple of years.
It’s unclear on when Van Dijk is going to be able to return from a serious knee problem, but in the meantime Liverpool need to cope on the pitch without him and the extra absence of Gomez has really put them up against it.
The Merseyside giants are going in pursuit of regaining their Premier League crown and have still made a decent start to the season, but they face current leaders Leicester City on Sunday and know a win will see them leapfrog them.
Liverpool have just over a month before the January transfer window opens and the club should be drawing up centre-back targets right now, as they are very short of options in that key area of the pitch.