If you’re a Liverpool fan, you’re probably dancing in the streets after boss Jürgen Klopp’s updates on the key center-back pair Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez.
– Virgil van Dijk (@VirgilvDijk) August 8, 2021
With the Reds set to improve on their disappointing 2020-21 national campaign that saw them finish third and a whopping 17 points behind champion Manchester City, it will do the Anfield team a lot of good to know that both defenders will be available for the national team. in case Klopp decides to give them a way out.
The defensive duo have completed the last preseason outings without a hitch as Van Dijk completed 70 minutes against Athletic Club and Gomez reached the 60 minute mark against CA Osasuna.
“I think so, it seems that [they are available to start]. But how is it with this kind of thing, we have nothing to rush in this department. We just have to make a decision on who will start, who will come in, things like this and if I think they are ready for 90 minutes then they are ready to go.
If I think we have to remove them sooner then it doesn’t make sense because the middle half is not actually a position you want to change into during a game and so we’ll see. But they both look great. An intense season is coming. We’ll see how we decide that. “ [quotes via Liverpoolfc.com]
It is important to note that Klopp will not force the pair back into action, especially in a Premier League opener where Liverpool are expected to be favorites despite traveling to Carrow Road.
His clubmate Trent Alexander-Arnold recently spoke with admiration for the Dutch international;
“He is a natural leader. He speaks when he needs to speak, he is dominant, he has presence. You know when it enters a room. He is someone you listen to when he speaks. That’s what you want from a leader. Many people admire him. “
Regardless of whether Van Dijk and Gomez play Canarias or not, their inevitable return will make Liverpool’s chances of recovering both in the Premier League and in Europe very good.
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