Michael Owen has suggested Virgil van Dijk could be back at Liverpool in time for the “big games at the end of the season”.
Van Dijk is currently on the long road to recovery from an ACL injury. He suffered the injury after a challenge from Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford in the Merseyside derby.
It is still too early to say how long van Dijk will be out. There are fears he could miss the entire season.
however, Reports earlier on Friday revealed he had now started his rehabilitation. It is at least a step in the right direction.
Now former Reds forward Owen has admitted that van Dijk’s absence is a blow to Liverpool. However, he believes they might be able to do it again if necessary before the end of the season.
He said talkSPORT: “It’s when you are really tested because in some games, if you are in a good team which is better than the others, you may have one or two players who are not quite there.
“But that’s when you get into the Champions League quarter-finals, it’s when you play Manchester City at Anfield, things like that, then you can’t have passengers on your squad.
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“Of course, Liverpool, the whole team is very good. But you only have one or two players on any team, I don’t care who you are, that you watch and carry yourself into certain situations.
“When you’re in the tunnel before the game, you look in front of you and behind you and you’re like ‘okay, we have a chance because we have it on our team.’ Van Dijk, in particular, is one of them.
“He’s a big failure, but hey, who says he won’t come back for those big games at the end of the season?”
“A cruciate ligament injury lasts like five to six months if everything goes perfectly. So you never know. It’s a big blow.
Owen still thinks Liverpool can win the league
Liverpool have also lost van Dijk’s main center partner Joe Gomez to a long-term injury. This left them with a lack of depth in the back.
However, Owen still believes Liverpool have enough to continue defending their Premier League title this season.
He added: “I have no doubts if these players were in good shape, then Liverpool are the best team in the country. I think they would win the Premier League.
“It threw him up a bit now.
“From a Premier League perspective, I still think they can get by in pretty much any game.”
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