Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk is available for Saturday’s game against Crystal Palace.
The Reds’ enforcer could have missed the trip to Selhurst Park after having to withdraw from international duty with the Netherlands due to personal circumstances [The Mirror].
Klopp shared, as quoted by James Pearce on his Twitter account, that the 28-year-old will be available for Saturday’s clash despite the defender having missed his countries final European qualifier against Estonia on Tuesday evening.
Klopp says Van Dijk is "100%" available to face Palace
— James Pearce (@JamesPearceLFC) November 22, 2019
Van Dijk has started every Premier League game so far this season and has completed every single minute for Klopp’s side.
This is the news that all Liverpool fans will have been hoping for in the build-up to the game against Palace. Everyone was left in the dark regarding van Dijk and his withdrawal from the Netherlands’ squad in the week. No one was sure whether or not it was a serious or injury or just something more personal that needed solving before he could return to Liverpool. Either way, that appears to have happened, and the fact that Klopp 100% confirmed he will be available all but puts an end to any worries that there was an injury setback. The 28-year-old is integral to the Reds’ defence, especially at this moment in time with Joel Matip a confirmed absentee whereas Joe Gomez is a slight doubt to partner Dejan Lovren in their return to domestic action after the international break. His towering presence could be key against the Londoners, with the likes of Christian Benteke a real threat in the air, and van Dijk’s aerial ability will be put to the test against the Belgian.