Virgil van Dijk has downplayed an injury concern ahead of Liverpool’s trip to Leeds in the Premier League on Sunday live on Sky Sports.
The Liverpool defender suffered a late risk of injury in the Netherlands’ 6-1 World Cup qualifying win against Turkey on Tuesday evening.
The Dutch captain went down with his ankle after a high challenge from Halil Dervisoglu in the run-up to the Turkish consolation goal in stoppage time at the Amsterdam ArenA.
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The 30-year-old grimaced as he lay on the floor, but afterwards Van Dijk, who had missed most of last season with a cruciate ligament injury, told the local media that there was no problem and that he was “over it” may be.
Dutch coach Louis van Gaal doesn’t think Turkey’s late goal should have been forgiven, but lamented the “slow” game played by goalkeeper Justin Bijlow and defender Devyne Rensch. Van Dijk is therefore “a little hurt”.
“The last one couldn’t happen in my opinion, but it was a soft ball from our right full-back,” said Van Gaal.
“And by law, the goalkeeper who played three fantastic games makes a mistake, including a slow ball. That is why Virgil van Dijk is now a little injured.”
Proud captain today, great performance all round. What a great atmosphere! Now is the time to get back to Liverpool and prepare for a tough few weeks pic.twitter.com/mCy3paPdul
– Virgil van Dijk (@VirgilvDijk) September 7, 2021
Van Dijk made no hint of the duel on Twitter, however, saying: “Proud captain today, great performance all around. What a great atmosphere! Now is the time to return to Liverpool and prepare for a tough few weeks.”
The Memphis Depay hat-trick inspired the Netherlands to a resounding victory and the Dutch lead a tight Group G, with Norway also 13 points and Turkey just two points behind after six games.