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Milner labels Reds defender “Superman” but believes he needs care after long injury lay off

Virgil van Dijk was rested when Liverpool faced AC Milan at Anfield on Wednesday before returning to the squad during the weekend for the 3-0 win over Crystal Palace.

The Netherlands captain suffered an ACL injury back in October 2020 that kept him out for 10 months and teammate James Milner believes that he will need to be looked after this season even if he gets angry at the manager’s squad rotation policy.

The Dutch defender started the first 4 games of the new season but was left out of the Reds opening fixture in the Champions League.

Joe Gomez made a long-awaited return since November in place of Van Dijk on Wednesday.

While the 30-year-old may be angry at being side-lined, Milner believes that Klopp is working in the best interest for the player and club.

“I think it is to help with things like that. We all think Virg is Superman and he is, 99 times out of 100.

“But the injury that he has come back from – and to look as good as he has done since he has come back! You know, he’s not 21.

“To do what he has done since he’s been back is incredible. It shows what a good player he is, what a mentality he has.

“But he needs looking after as well, no matter how angry he gets at being left out of the team.

“He is going to need looking after and that is rotation. You look at the centre-halves in the club – they are all incredible.

“You see them in training, they are unbelievable. It’s a great squad of players and the way we train and work together, everyone knows what they are doing, everyone works hard and everyone knows what is required.

Written by Kerry Mayodi

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