Virgil van Dijk update from Jurgen Klopp is both good and bad for Liverpool fans

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has offered a fresh update on Virgil van Dijk’s battle to return to fitness.

Van Dijk has been out with a knee injury since October’s Merseyside derby and is in a battle to play again this season.

He gave fans hope he would return earlier this week by posting a video on social media of himself training on a bike.

Though Klopp’s update isn’t all positive with the Reds boss admitting his Dutch defender is still a way off returning.

On Van Dijk’s recovery, Klopp said: "Good but still a long way to go. He's making good progress but the facts are it will still take a lot of time."

Van Dijk is into week 10 of recovery with his next stage seeing him start utilising the swimming pool at Liverpool's training complex.

The update comes amid more defensive problems for Klopp after Joel Matip was ruled out for around three weeks.

Joe Gomez is also out for the majority of the season, at least, leaving no senior centre-backs at the reigning Premier League champions.

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Rhys Williams and Nat Phillips are Liverpool's back-up options but have little experience in the Prem though Fabinho has impressed in the back-line.

Though Liverpool go into 2021 top of the Premier League, three points ahead of second-placed Manchester United.

The Reds drew 0-0 at Newcastle on Wednesday with Klopp saying: “I’m not happy about the result but the game is already played.

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“I’m not overly frustrated or something like that – it’s football, if you don’t use your chances then it’s difficult to win a game.

“But you can have a draw with a bad performance or you can have a draw with a good performance, and tonight we had a draw with a good performance.

“We just didn’t use the chances and that’s why I’m OK with the game. That’s it.”

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