Virgil van Dijk could well be back by March, Jamie Redknapp explains

Jamie Redknapp believes Virgil van Dijk could play again this season despite fears over the Liverpool defender.

The Dutchman was injured during the Merseyside derby at Everton and underwent knee surgery.

He is believed to be in a battle to play again this season with many not expecting to see Van Dijk again before the end of the campaign.

Though Redknapp believes the former Southampton and Celtic star could recover quicker than anticipated.

"It's a difficult one," Redknapp told the Pitch to Post podcast.

"I've heard people say that they've got to go out and get a really big signing because Virgil is going to be injured, but if he goes through the right rehab to get fit, he's not going to be too far away from coming back in maybe March or April time as a guess.

“Normally it's six or seven months, he's an incredibly fit guy and he'll be a good healer.

"You don't want to bring in someone for the sake of it for £40m or £50m because you know you've got someone coming back really quickly.

“But if you've lost Gomez as well, you're certainly looking to get into the market and try and bring in someone in January or as quickly as you can, be it a loan, be it a signing – but it's not going to be easy to get players in.”

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp insisted he did not want to know a timeline for Va Dijk’s recovery.

Before the defender went under the knife, Klopp said: “Virgil was here, he’s OK. But about when the surgery will happen and stuff like this, I don’t think it makes sense that we give pretty much a time schedule every day.

“But it will be fine and will happen in an appropriate time. So, that’s it pretty much – he is as good as possible.

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“We don’t even want to know it [timescale], to be honest. It will take time, that’s clear.

“In the end, it’s really like this: all people are different and so we should not limit that by saying ‘for him it was that long, for him it was that long’.

“I think it makes sense from a specific moment in the recovery, in the rehab time, that it becomes individual because then everybody copes differently with it and each body. That’s why [there is] no need for [a timeframe].”

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