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Liverpool FC without defender Virgil van Dijk for weeks



"These things don't work"

Liverpool FC will have to do without defender Virgil van Dijk for several weeks. This was confirmed by coach Jürgen Klopp. The 31-year-old suffered a hamstring injury in Monday’s away defeat at Brentford FC.

“He will be out for a few weeks,” said Klopp. “It’s nothing short-term, but I’ve also had long-term injuries as a coach.”

Van Dijk, who was named European Footballer of the Year in 2019, had to be substituted at half-time in the game at Brentford when the score was 2-0. After his return from the World Cup, where Elftal had made it to the quarter-finals, it was the Dutchman’s third game within a week.

Without van Dijk, landmark games lie ahead for Liverpool in the coming weeks. The Reds host Wolverhampton Wanderers in the FA Cup on Sunday, followed by Brighton & Hove Albion and Chelsea in the Premier League. Liverpool are currently in sixth place in the table, seven points short of the Champions League places.