Koeman issues van Dijk injury update ahead of Liverpool clash with Huddersfield

Ronald Koeman has declared Virgil van Dijk ready to play in Liverpool’s Premier League fixture with Huddersfield .

Reds defender van Dijk was forced to leave Holland international duty over the weekend to return back to Anfield.

The centre back reportedly suffered a rib injury while with the Dutch national side which ruled him out of their upcoming friendly with Belgium.

And Holland boss Koeman, who managed van Dijk at Southampton , has given an update on the 27-year-old’s health status.

“He’s back in Liverpool but he is ready to play for next week,” Koeman said. “He’s taken a rest.

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“He spoke to the manager. The medical staff of the Dutch national team spoke to the medical staff of Liverpool and made the decision that he was playing only the Germany game and then after back to Liverpool.

“He is ready to play next weekend.”

Van Dijk netted during Holland’s 3-0 victory over Germany on Saturday – with Reds teammate Gini Wijnaldum also on target.

And will now be available for Jurgen Klopp side’s Saturday evening match up with the Terriers.

His inclusion is a boost for the Reds, with Jamie Carragher comparing van Dijk to Sergio Ramos.

"I think he’s right in the top group. Some people may put him top," Carragher told Soccer AM.

"I would just hang fire with that with the fact he hasn’t won the biggest trophies yet. I think you have to do that.

"You want to be known as the best in whatever position, you’ve got to have something on the CV – Premier League, Champions League.

"He got to the final last season. But I think the two players at the other end of the pitch in Ramos and Varane, not so much that they’re better players than Virgil van Dijk, but they’ve won Champions Leagues, both won the World Cup.

"When you’ve got that on the CV, it’s hard to look past."

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