(Reuters) – Liverpool supervisor Juergen Klopp mentioned he doesn’t count on central defenders Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez to be match sufficient to play within the rescheduled European Championship in June and July.
Dutch worldwide Van Dijk harm his knee following a poor problem by Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford in October and wanted surgical procedure, whereas Gomez additionally underwent a knee operation after choosing up an harm whereas coaching with England.
Klopp mentioned the Premier League champions hoped to have the duo again absolutely match for pre-season coaching forward of the 2021-22 marketing campaign, however was much less optimistic about their participation within the Euros which happen between June 11 and July 11. The championships, initially scheduled to start in June 2020, have been postponed as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.
“That is not my determination. However the data I’ve within the second is it will be unlikely,” Klopp advised reporters on Saturday, including that each gamers’ accidents have been “actually critical.”
“So, not that I do not allow them to go as a result of I do not wish to have to do this anyway, but it surely’s due to the extent of the harm. We hope they’re going to be prepared to begin pre-season with us.”
Liverpool have needed to deal with a number of harm setbacks in defence this season, with Joel Matip additionally dominated out for the season with an ankle harm.
“The 2 of them (Gomez and Van Dijk) look higher than Joel as a result of he is nonetheless in what appears to be like like snowboarding boots,” Klopp mentioned.
“However he is right here as nicely. Joe is not working, Virgil’s already working, however that is actually a tricky one.”
Liverpool, who’re eighth within the league with 43 factors, go to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday.
(Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Enhancing by Ana Nicolaci da Costa)