Virgil van Dijk has given an replace on the calf damage that compelled him off within the FA Cup, with the Liverpool defender hopeful he can play the Champions League last.
Van Dijk made his fiftieth begin of the season in Saturday’s FA Cup last – his 58th for membership and nation – however for the primary time in any of these video games he wanted to be introduced off.
Having performed each minute of the earlier 57 fixtures, the Dutchman signalled for his substitution after 90 minutes at Wembley, with Joel Matip taking his place for additional time.
It’s a marker of Van Dijk’s sturdiness, notably after a long-term knee damage, that he carried on after selecting up a minor calf downside early within the first half in opposition to Chelsea.
However it additionally places him unsure for the ultimate two video games of the Premier League season – away to former membership Southampton on Tuesday after which at residence to Wolves subsequent Sunday.
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“Hopefully not,” he informed beIN SPORTS when requested if it was something to fret about.
“However after 20 minutes I felt a bit twitch excessive up in my calf, I may type of play on however I couldn’t totally dash.
“I used to be conscious of it, and ultimately after they put quicker strikers on it’s a must to do what is true for the crew and put Joel on.
“In order that’s what I did.”
With Fabinho additionally sidelined with a hamstring damage and Mohamed Salah compelled off early within the first half with a groin subject, with prospect of Van Dijk additionally being out is a significant concern for Liverpool.
The Reds are nonetheless in with a slim probability of profitable the Premier League, however with the title race out of their arms, the precedence for the gamers appears to have shifted to the Champions League last.
That conflict with Actual Madrid on Could 28 was clearly in Van Dijk’s thoughts as he was pressed additional on the severity of his damage.
“Hopefully [it is not serious], however I can’t look within the physique in the intervening time,” he continued.
“We’re going to take a look it [with a scan back in Liverpool].
“However we nonetheless have two weeks till the Champions League last, so we work exhausting in direction of that.
“Within the meantime, we’ll see if I could make different video games.”
Liverpool tackle Southampton at St Mary’s on Tuesday night time, with Matip now more likely to accomplice both Ibrahima Konate or Joe Gomez at centre-back.