Liverpool defensive duo ‘look really good’ as they build towards comebacks

Liverpool sorely missed Virgil Van Dijk (left) and Joe Gomez (right) last season (PA Archive)
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Liverpool centre-backs Virgil Van Dijk and Joe Gomez both “look really good” as they build towards comebacks from long-term injuries, manager Jurgen Klopp has said.

The Reds boss has also delivered positive updates on two other defenders in Trent Alexander-Arnold, who was injured in the lead-up to Euro 2020, and Joel Matip.

The four players are working on their fitness at Liverpool’s pre-season training camp in Austria.

Van Dijk was injured in a collision with Everton's Jordan Pickford (PA Wire)

Defensive problems were among the chief reasons why Liverpool were unable to mount a strong Premier League title defence last term.

The loss of Van Dijk was felt particularly strongly, with the Dutchman playing no part in the campaign after suffering a knee injury in the Merseyside derby at Everton in October last year.

Gomez was also ruled out for the season with a knee problem a few weeks later.

Klopp told the club’s website: “Virg and Joe will not have double sessions now for the first few days with the team. They have a second session of the day but it’s with the rehab department, physiotherapy – these kinds of things.

“That’s for these two. (They) look really good. I don’t know exactly when we can make the next steps but it will happen in the next four weeks. For sure, we will get a big step forward.”

Alexander-Arnold was injured on England duty (PA Wire)

Matip, also a centre-back, did not feature again suffering ankle ligament damage in February.

Right-back Alexander-Arnold hit form late in the season to earn a place in England’s summer plans but then sustained a thigh injury in a friendly against Austria last month.

Klopp said: “Joel looks good, absolutely, he is the closest probably to normal training and then we will see when we get him started for playing.

“Trent was a serious enough injury but now not a major one, I would say.

“He is close but for the moment, probably the next five or six days he has a special programme – from time to time with the team, from time to time by himself. But then in five or six or seven days he should be in normal team training.”

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