Jurgen Klopp confirms how long Virgil van Dijk will be out

Jurgen Klopp confirms how long Virgil van Dijk will be out

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has confirmed Virgil van Dijk will be sidelined for “more than a month” with a hamstring injury he sustained earlier this week.

Van Dijk was forced out at half-time as the Brentford Reds were humiliated in the Premier League, with the problem later reported to be worse than first thought.

Now, following further assessments the day since, Klopp has been able to put a recovery timeframe on the situation for the first time.

“Virg was a surprise for us and a big blow,” said the Liverpool manager ahead of his encounter with Wolves in the third round of the FA Cup this weekend.

“The diagnosis was pretty tough. It’s more than a month, but I hope it goes quickly. It’s tough, but he’s made an incredible number of games for him in recent years.”

That kind of timeframe puts Van Dijk’s potential return at mid-February at the earliest. Liverpool have five games by then, starting with Wolves’ visit to the FA Cup and ending with the Merseyside derby on February 13.

There are concerns about Liverpool’s level of coverage at the heart of defence. Klopp only has four senior centre-backs available – Joel Matip, Ibrahima Konate, Joe Gomez and Nat Phillips. But both Matip and Konate have had injury problems of their own this season.

Liverpool are in the process of calling off defender Billy Koumetio, 20, from a loan spell at Austria Wien. The young Frenchman has made two first-team appearances for the club, although it is not clear if triggering his recall was already underway prior to Van Dijk’s injury.

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