Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk confirms he will not play for the Netherlands at European Championships this summer; centre-back has missed majority of season with anterior cruciate ligament sustained at Everton in October; Van Dijk hopeful of joining Liverpool pre-season training
Wednesday 12 May 2021 14:07, UK
The 29-year-old is confident he will be available for Liverpool’s pre-season training but told the club’s website: “In this latest stage for myself, I have come to a decision that I had to make: would I be involved in the Euros, yes or no?
“With everything that is going on, I feel physically it is the right decision that I’ve decided not to go to the Euros and to go into my last phase of rehab during the off-season. So, the full focus will be on pre-season with the club and that’s a realistic goal, so I am looking forward to that
Obviously I am very gutted to miss the Euros, to miss the European Championship and leading out my own country there, but things have been like they have and I have to accept it – we all have to accept it. I think the decision to not go is the right decision in the grand scheme of things. It’s tough, but I’m at peace with it.”
In the absence of van Dijk and several other key first-team players, Liverpool have failed to defend their Premier League title and are currently sixth in the Premier League.
They are seven points off fourth-placed Chelsea in the race for Champions League qualification and Van Dijk accepts it has been a season of frustration at Anfield.