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Klopp warns Van Dijk should not be ‘pressured’ into Netherlands’ Euro 2020 squad

The defender nonetheless has not returned to coaching with Liverpool and solely has a month to get again in form for the summer time event

Jurgen Klopp has warned in opposition to speeding Virgil van Dijk again into motion at Euro 2020 however says he is not going to maintain the defender again from that includes for Netherlands.

The centre-back has been out of motion since October with a cruciate ligament damage.

Van Dijk is seen as essential to Netherlands’ hopes of success on the European Championship this summer time, nevertheless it stays unclear if he will likely be match sufficient to make the squad.

What did Klopp say?

Klopp says Van Dijk will want a number of weeks to get again in form for the competitors, however is not going to discourage him from becoming a member of up with Frank de Boer’s group.

“Virgil’s knee. Look, I do not need to maintain him again, however you can’t power it as nicely,” Klopp informed reporters.

“Now let’s simply undergo all these type of issues. You might be all lengthy sufficient within the enterprise to know if you wish to play a event, it’s a must to practice earlier than – correct soccer coaching weeks earlier than, not every week earlier than. 

“You can not after 10, 11 months out, practice every week and play soccer. That is simply not potential, it shouldn’t be potential. 

“No person holds him again, I can promise all of the folks in Holland or wherever. However we can’t power it as nicely and we is not going to. We talk about a participant and his profession. 

“No person ought to power that and no person will – not Holland, not us, and [not] Virgil as nicely. He simply tries to get match as fast as potential. 

“Within the second, no person is aware of when that will likely be precisely however you possibly can think about it will likely be for certain very, very tight with the Euros and the group coaching and stuff like this as a result of he isn’t in group coaching but and won’t be within the subsequent weeks. So, I do not know. 

“However in the long run it is a choice of Virgil and he’ll get massively influenced by the sensation in his knee.”

What situation is Van Dijk in?

The 29-year-old has made solely eight appearances for the Reds this season, final that includes within the Merseyside derby conflict in opposition to Everton on October 17.

He underwent an operation on the knee damage he sustained following a conflict with Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.

Whereas Van Dijk is engaged on his restoration, he has not but returned to coaching with Klopp’s group.

Van Dijk operating out of time

The previous Groningen and Southampton star has only a month to get again in form if he’s to make the Oranje squad.

The nationwide groups should announce their 23-man squads by June 1 earlier than the event kicks off 10 days later.

Netherlands will face Scotland and Georgia in friendlies on June 2 and June 6 respectively.

They’ll then start their Euro 2020 marketing campaign with a match in opposition to Ukraine on June 13, adopted by video games in opposition to Austria and North Macedonia.

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