Liverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk has told manager Jurgen Klopp that he is 200 percent fit and available for the game against Leeds on the weekend. The defender went down clutching his ankle in the dying minutes of the Netherlands win against Turkey in World Cup qualification. He was on the wrong side of a challenge by Halil Dervisoglu who is on loan from Galatasary. Van Dijk played down the injury after the game when he spoke to the media and Klopp revealed that it did not affect Van Dijks fitness.
“With Virgil, that was obviously a scary moment, you can imagine,” Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said when talking about Virgil Van Dijk clutching his ankle. “I sent him a message after the game, ‘Are you alright?’ ‘Yes’. ‘100 percent?’ ‘200 percent’. ‘Come on, send me a video of you without limping…’ ‘I’m only limping off’. So he called me from the bus and said, ‘Boss, I’m fine!’ I said, ‘Why are you limping then?’ He said, ‘My wife asked the same!’ So, yeah, that was a bit of a tricky moment but apart from that, no, all fine [for the other international players].”
“Naby is fine,” Klopp said when asked about the rest of the squad. “Yesterday he was not here [at the club’s Kirkby training base] but he was in Liverpool again. I will have a chat with him today [Thursday], but from what I know from all the calls and talks we had, he’s fine. Harvey Elliott is available for Liverpool’s match at Leeds on Sunday after he withdrew from the England U21 squad earlier in the week.”
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