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fight back Virgil van Dijk's injury update as Arsene Wenger identifies Liverpool's problem

Liverpool defender edging closer to a return after flying back to Merseyside


Virgil Van Dijk has been sidelined since mid-October (Peter Powell/PA)

Virgil Van Dijk has been sidelined since mid-October (Peter Powell/PA)

Virgil Van Dijk has been sidelined since mid-October (Peter Powell/PA)

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has posted a fresh video of the latest steps on his road to a recovery, after returning to the club's AXA Training Centre to continue his recovery from a knee injury.

While Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has suggested Van Dijk is unlikely to play again this season, the Dutch centre-back is keen to give himself every chance of a return ahead of schedule.

He has been training out in Dubai as he edges towards a comeback, with swimming part of the recovery programme for all players who suffer an ACL injury.

Meanwhile, former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has suggested Van Dijk's injury was the catalyst for Liverpool's collapse in recent weeks, with the solutions Reds manager Jurgen Klopp tried to find for his defensive problems upsetting the entire balance of his team.

"One of the main reasons, certainly, was they lost Van Dijk,” Wenger told beIN Sports..

"What was their strength is winning the ball high, with (Jordan) Henderson and (James) Milner in midfield. By moving Henderson back they lost that as well.

"I’m just trying to find some logical explanation. Liverpool were very efficient because time on the ball for the opponent was short. By changing their structure, they gave a bit more time to their opponent.

"They won the ball higher up and could quickly feed their strikers. That was the main reason for their success and, of course, good defensive stability. And they have lost a little bit of all that."

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