During Liverpool’s training camp in Dubai and then the Carabao Cup defeat at Man City, Klopp has overseen the reintegration of five of his World Cup representatives.
For Van Dijk, who suffered defeat with the Netherlands in the quarter-finals, it has been a more patient process, with the centre-back having only returned to training on Wednesday.
Only Tottenham‘s Harry Kane (2,735) and Hugo Lloris (2,708) have clocked more time on the pitch than the Liverpool defender (2,698) in the first half of the campaign.
In his pre-match press conference on Friday, ahead of the trip to Aston Villa on Boxing Day, Klopp explained his concerns over misusing players in a “really tough” schedule.
“For the players who played a lot during the World Cup the whole year will be incredibly intense,” he told reporters.
“They have now three or four games more in a fully packed schedule anyway. That’s really, really, really tough.
“We have to see how we deal with that and we will be really careful with all the information we get, but for the moment, everybody should be fine.”
Van Dijk is expected to come back into the side against Villa on Monday, likely alongside Joel Matip, who played 90 minutes on his return to competitive action at City.
The Frenchman, who played a part in the final against Argentina, will return to training after Villa.