LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, September 22, 2018: Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk walks off with an injury during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Southampton FC at Anfield. (Pic by Jon Super/Propaganda)

Jurgen Klopp provides good news on Virgil van Dijk after injury at Anfield

Virgil van Dijk was forced off injured early on in the second half of Liverpool’s 3-0 win over Southampton, but Jurgen Klopp has revealed it is not too serious.

The Dutchman was replaced by Joe Gomez after 54 minutes against his former club, prompting fears across Anfield that he could face a prolonged spell out.

Clutching his rib as he left the field, Van Dijk headed down the tunnel for treatment, but soon emerged alongside Xherdan Shaqiri in the dugout.

With Liverpool to play Chelsea in back-to-back games on Wednesday and next Saturday, and a trip to Napoli to come the following Wednesday, any absence for the 27-year-old could be costly.

But speaking after his side’s historic seventh win in a row, Klopp allayed concerns over Van Dijk’s fitness.

“He had a bruise on his ribs before the PSG game, today he got another hit there,” he explained.

“It should not be too serious. He said he could not shout more—which is 60 percent less!

“He should be absolutely OK.”

In more positive news, Gomez’s performance alongside Joel Matip, up against the Saints’ most troublesome player in Nathan Redmond, was hugely encouraging.

Klopp could well start Gomez and Matip against Chelsea in the League Cup third round in midweek, with rotation expected at Anfield.

The hope is that Van Dijk will be fit to return for next weekend’s title clash with the Blues in the Premier League.

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