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Van Dijk return from Injury doesn’t guarantee Liverpool the League- Carragher

Van Dijk was an essential piece of Liverpool's title-winning season in 2019-20, but Carragher reckons it will take a bit of time for him to return to his original level after such a long absence.

After missing the majority of the 2020-21 season owing to a devastating knee injury, Van Dijk made his first appearance for Liverpool in nine months in a friendly against Hertha Berlin last week.

The 30-year-old is still working his way back to full fitness following surgery, and Carragher doesn’t like to see him rushed back into things too soon, with the Reds prepared to start their new Premier League campaign on August 14 at Norwich City.

Van Dijk was an essential piece of Liverpool’s title-winning season in 2019-20, but Carragher reckons it will take a bit of time for him to return to his original level after such a long absence.

The former Reds defender said at a Soccer Aid event

I think we have to be careful and I think Jurgen Klopp will be. I don’t think we should expect that Virgil van Dijk comes back into Liverpool and Liverpool are going to automatically win the league again this season.

He’s had a really serious injury and he’s got to make sure he is not rushed back.

If he’s back to his best he is the best central defender in world football and that’s what Liverpool will want over the next five or six years, not the next five or six weeks.

If he doesn’t make the first game of the season it’s not the end of the world, it is about making sure Virgil van Dijk is 100 per cent right so he’s in a position where he can have the next five or six years at Liverpool at a top level.

It may be a gentle start with Virgil until we see him when he is 100 per cent right, but if that could be on that first game of the season and he can play the next few games I think everyone would be delighted.

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