Liverpool central defenders unlikely to play in Euros
(UK) – Liverpool central defenders Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez will not play in the rescheduled European Championship in June and July. Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp informed that the players will not take part in the game owing to their knee injury.
He added that the Premier League champions hoped to have the duo back fully fit for pre-season training ahead of the 2021-22 campaign. However, the chances about their participation in the Euros which take place between June 11 and July 11 would not be an option.
Van Dijk hurt his knee following a poor challenge by Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford in October and needed surgery, while Gomez also underwent a knee operation after picking up an injury while training with England.
“That’s not my decision. But the information I have in the moment is it’ll be unlikely,” Klopp told adding that both players’ injuries were “really serious. He further said “so, not that I don’t let them go because I don’t want to have to do that anyway, but it’s because of the extent of the injury. We hope they’ll be ready to start pre-season with us.”
Liverpool, who are eighth in the league with 43 points, visit Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday