Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is hoping Virgil van Dijk’s injury is not as serious as it first appeared ahead of his side’s trip to Southampton on Friday night.
The Dutchman appeared to have been hit with a knock towards the final whistle of Liverpool’s 2-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield on Sunday evening.
Van Dijk was seen on camera holding his right shin after he managed to force Moussa Sissoko into a rushed attempt with the goal at his mercy.
With less than six matches to go, Liverpool cannot afford to lose their club record signing, given his brilliant performances at the heart of their defence this season, helping them concede just 19 goals in 32 league matches.
Klopp, whose side have the best defensive record in the league this season, was hopeful that Van Dijk’s injury scare is not serious, and suggested that he should be available for Friday’s trip to Southampton.
The German boss spoke to reporters, and said via the club’s official website:
“We have to see. I asked him and I think it was in the counter-attack situation when Sissoko hit him.
“I don’t know if he twisted it or it is a knock.
“He was walking to the interviews with a big ice pack. I hope it’s nothing serious but I don’t know yet.”
Liverpool will be desperate to beat Southampton on Friday night, and they could head into the game in second spot in the Premier League table, should Manchester city beat Cardiff City at the Etihad tomorrow night.