If you are a Liverpool supporter, you are likely dancing in the streets after boss Jürgen Klopp’s updates on key center-back pair Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez.
Being back at Anfield and playing in front of the fans has never felt so good. Thank you for the reception you gave me. Full focus now for the new season! #YNWA pic.twitter.com/1VMCubeWAM
— Virgil van Dijk (@VirgilvDijk) August 8, 2021
With the Reds set to improve on their disappointing 2020-21 domestic campaign that saw them finish third and a whopping 17-points behind champions Manchester City, it will do the Anfield outfit a world of good to hear that both defenders will be available for selection should Klopp decide to give them a run-out.
The defensive duo has both completed recent preseason outings without issue when Van Dijk completed 70-minutes against Athletic Club, and Gomez hitting the 60-minute mark against CA Osasuna.
“I think so, it looks like [they are available to start]. But how it is with these kind of things, we have nothing to rush in this department. We just have to make then a decision on who will start, who will come on, things like this and if I think they are ready for 90 minutes then they are ready to start.
If I think we have to take them off earlier then it makes no sense because centre-half is not actually a position where you want to change during a game and so we will see. But both look really good. An intense season is coming up. We will see how we decide that.” [quotes via Liverpoolfc.com]
It is important to note that Klopp will not force the pair back into action, especially in an opening Premier League fixture where Liverpool are expected favorites despite traveling to Carrow Road.
Clubmate Trent Alexander-Arnold recently spoke in admiration of the Dutch international;
“He’s a natural leader. He speaks when he needs to speak, he’s dominant, he has a presence. You know when he enters a room. He’s someone you listen to when he speaks. That’s what you want from a leader. A lot of people look up to him.”
Regardless if Van Dijk and Gomez feature against the Canaries or not, their inevitable return will do Liverpool’s chances of bouncing back both in the Premier League and in Europe a world of good.