Van Dijk missed the match against Arsenal with illness but is now “good to go,” according to Lijnders.
On Tuesday, the coach said: “Virgil ran yesterday while we were doing training with the subs, so he did a few jogs. He looked good – smiling, speaking together with Jot (Diogo Jota).”
Additionally, Lijnders told Liverpool’s official website that Van Dijk “will be back in the squad, he recovered well. So it really helped him not to travel to London.”
On Monday night, Szoboszlai himself offered a brief update, telling M4 Sport: “I’m getting better. The first game of the year didn’t go as planned [for me], but it won’t take long and I’ll be back.”
The game against Arsenal was the only match he has missed through injury since arriving in the summer. His athletic ability to get up and down the pitch deep into games has seen him fit seamlessly into Jurgen Klopp‘s plans.
The latter only played half an hour on Sunday and will be eager to start – he has probably been the summer signing with the least influence so far this season.
It is touch and go whether Van Dijk will start, though the fact he was ill and not injured is a positive sign.