Long-term Liverpool absentees Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez are joined by Fabinho in club’s crowded treatment room as injured trio hit the weights on road to recovery
- Virgil van Dijk has been out since October in the last Merseyside derby
- Liverpool face Everton again this weekend without the Dutchman or Joe Gomez
- The England defender suffered a knee injury on international duty in November
- The duo were joined by Fabinho, who has missed the last two Reds fixtures
Liverpool centre-backs Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez continued their recovery from long-term injuries following a session at the club’s training centre.
Dutchman van Dijk suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury in October’s Merseyside derby, while Gomez ruptured his patella tendon while training with England back in November and was forced to undergo surgery.
The duo have missed a large chunk of the season but were all smiles at the Reds’ new £50million AXA Training Centre in Kirby, and hit the weights to maintain and improve their strength.
Joe Gomez (left) and Virgil van Dijk continued their rehabilitation from long-term injuries
The duo have been out since October and November respectively with serious knee injuries
But they were put through their paces with programme-specific drills at the training centre
The centre-backs were then put through a series of different drills in their individual rehab programmes, with van Dijk seen kicking a ball with a member of Liverpool’s staff, and ball work was also on the agenda for team-mate Gomez.
The Dutch international was also seen on the bike and on the treadmill before receiving massages from club medical staff.
The duo were joined by Brazilian Fabinho, whose muscle issue has seen him miss the defeat at Leicester last weekend and the Champions League victory against RB Leipzig in midweek.
The midfielder – who boss Jurgen Klopp has confirmed is ‘getting closer’ to returning – also hit the weights with some squats and leg presses, before he too spent a bit of time with the ball at his feet.
The injured duo also did some work with the ball with members of the club’s staff
Van Dijk was also seen on the cycling machine as he continues his recovery from an ACL
Gomez – who has not played for Liverpool since early November – hit the weights too
However, he will not recover in time to face Everton at the weekend following the stalemate between the sides at Goodison Park earlier in the season.
That game was overshadowed by the horrific tackle from Jordan Pickford on van Dijk, and manager Klopp has suggested he will not figure again this season.
Klopp said earlier this month: ‘At the moment, nobody, no doctor has told me there’s a chance for Virgil to play in this season again.
‘I don’t want to say it is absolutely impossible, but it is not likely. It’s not likely and we don’t have to discuss these things really.’
The duo were joined by midfielder Fabinho was has missed the last two games through injury
But Klopp wants his players to channel their anger at the tackle on van Dijk in the right way in this weekend’s Merseyside derby.
‘Nothing will be carried to tomorrow, that’s how it is,’ he said.
‘A week later, two weeks later, three weeks later after we got the diagnosis [on Van Dijk] and all these kind of things, it was good we didn’t play Everton immediately again, let me say it like this.’
The Reds will also be without James Milner and Diogo Jota against Carlo Ancelotti’s men at Anfield, though the German admits the duo are ‘getting closer’ to returning.
His muscles issue means he will also be short for this weekend’s Merseyside derby
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