Hopefully, no further setbacks will arise from the games away from Merseyside, with Van Dijk allaying fears of a problem of his own after taking a nasty blow in the Netherlands’ 6-1 thrashing of Turkey.
“I’m fine, luckily,” he said. “I’m already over it.”
Van Dijk played all 90 minutes in a game that saw Turkey’s Caglar Soyuncu continue a frustrating run of form with a red card, while Memphis Depay made it five goals for the break with a hat-trick.
Diogo Jota made a big impact as Portugal sealed a 3-0 World Cup qualifier win over Azerbaijan, setting up the second goal of the night for Andre Silva with a smart cutback before heading home the clincher late on.
The 24-year-old played 78 minutes and really should have got another goal as goalkeeper Sahruddin Mehemmedeliyev made a double save with Jota blasting it low towards him twice.
Sadio Mane also got on the scoresheet as he won and converted a penalty to seal Senegal’s 3-1 victory over Congo, picking up a yellow card as he lasted the full 90 minutes.
Andy Robertson made his third consecutive start of the break for Scotland and played the whole game as Scotland sealed an impressive 1-0 win over Austria.
Academy goalkeeper Liam Hughes kept a clean sheet as the Northern Ireland under-21s beat Slovakia 1-0, while Morgan Boyes played 90 minutes and Owen Beck clocked 11 as the Wales under-21 thumped Bulgaria 4-0.