Jurgen Klopp said it was “unlikely” that the center-back will play this season, despite reports that Virgil van Dijk might return to Liverpool in April.

Virgil van Dijk will not appear again without ‘a miracle’ for Liverpool this season, according to manager Jurgen Klopp.

In the Merseyside derby last October, Van Dijk was reported to be able to return in April from an anterior cruciate ligament injury.

“Whatever happens I think we have space for Virgil on the Champions League list, I think he was on the Premier League list – nobody told me I have to change something with that. If we have space in the Champions League list, Virgil will be on the list,” he told a news conference.

“No doctor told me Virgil could play this season again. It’s unlikely, I don’t want to say, but it’s not likely. If we have space, we’ll put all of them on, even if the doctors tell them there’s no hope, because from time to time, we believe in miracles.

But if there’s no place then we have to consider these things and say the chance is not too big so we have to make a decision. But if they’re on the list then it’s only because we hope for nearly a miracle and that’s it.”


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