Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has posted a positive update as he continues his recovery from a serious knee injury.
The Dutchman has been working hard on his fitness in the gym as he bids to return to action having been ruled out since October.
Reds’ boss Jurgen Klopp stated previously that it would be a “miracle” if van Dijk made an appearance for his club before the end of the season.
That didn’t stop Klopp registering van Dijk among his 25-man squad for the Premier League and Champions League though, and his rehabilitation appears to be going well.
Van Dijk uploading a video of him weight training in the gym at Liverpool’s Kirkby training base onto his Twitter account.
In the video van Dijk can be seen cycling, doing weighted squats, single leg presses, deadlifts and glute exercises.
He captioned the video: “Another day. Another step closer..”
The update is promising news for Liverpool fans though there is still no indication when they can expect to see van Dijk back out on the field.
Liverpool’s medical team will no doubt err on the side of caution given the severity of van Dijk’s injury.
The 29-year-old has recently spent two months working on his rehab at the Nad al Sheba complex in Dubai.
More recently he posted a picture from the gym of him alongside teammate Joe Gomez, who is recovering from a similar problem and is also expected to be sidelined until the end of the season.
Meanwhile Liverpool’s injury crisis has worsened in defence, as makeshift centre-back Jordan Henderson limped out of Saturday’s Merseyside derby.
The Reds’ captain suffered a muscle injury and was replaced by Nat Phillips, who partnered new signing Ozan Kabak in the centre of defence.
Klopp is hopeful Fabinho makes a swift recovery from his minor muscle problem, but he conceded Henderson’s issue was a concern.
“It’s the groin/adductor region and nobody in the medical department was positive about it,” Klopp said of his skipper after the match.
“It doesn’t look good, but we have to wait, of course, for the scan tomorrow [Sunday], hopefully.”
Liverpool are yet to provide any further update on Henderson, but have been boosted by the impending return of Diogo Jota to full training.