Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez are both fit and ready to challenge for the Premier League title. Van Dijk sustained an injury and underwent surgery in October. The Dutch footballer returned to the training after 9 months. He will never forget how “special” it felt to return from injury alongside Liverpool teammate Joe Gomez.
In the previous season, Joe Gomez has picked up a knee injury which resulted in him enduring the ‘most challenging time of his career. Last season the Reds struggled with injuries during their Premier League title defense. Dijk and Gomez spent most of the season on the sidelines. Returns for the defensive pair are still a boost, and Van Dijk particularly enjoyed resuming play alongside Joe Gomez in a friendly against Hertha Berlin.
“[It was] special,” he told Liverpool’s official website. “We said it to each other: we have to soak it all up, we have to take it in, enjoy it, let it make you stronger, let it make you even hungrier to stay fit. To be standing there at that moment, at that time, was special. I will never forget that.”
Van Dijk added: “I think positivity is a very important thing, we have the quality – that is obvious. We were just very, very unlucky with injuries last year, especially in the center-back position. In the end, Rhys [Williams], Nat [Phillips], and Ozan [Kabak] did a fantastic job to make sure we have at least Champions League and we [came] third.
“But we have been unlucky in some positions that made it very difficult for us as a team to play the same way and have the same intensity we normally have, so we’ve worked a lot on this. We hope – and we try – to stay fit, all of us. That’s something we shouldn’t take for granted if that happens.”
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