Virgil van Dijk missed training with his Liverpool teammates on Monday, but is not suffering from an injury, according to the Echo.
The Dutchman was absent from an open session at the Qatar University complex, held ahead of the Reds’ FIFA Club World Cup semi-final against Monterrey later in the week, but it is understood that he is not suffering from any kind of complaint.
A piece from the Echo reads: “Anfield sources remain tight lipped over why the defender was not present and taking part with the rest of his team-mates.
“However, the Echo understands he is not suffering from injury and that cannot be cited as the reason he was missing.”
This one’s a bit of a mystery, truth be told, but at the very least, it’s good news that Van Dijk hasn’t picked up an injury. The last thing the Reds need, not just for their trip to the Middle East but for the rest of the season writ large, is one of their most influential players to face a spell on the sidelines. Of course, this article will do little to dispel the doubts from many Kopites, and until they see their number four back on the pitch, then there will be no end to the conspiracy theories. Hopefully, whatever is keeping Van Dijk away is nothing too serious, whether it be for physical or personal reasons, and he can make a return to action as soon as possible. With a Whoscored rating of 7.39 in the Premier League so far this term, there can be no argument over just how crucial he is, and that experience will be vital as the Reds seek glory on so many fronts, starting in Qatar.