Gini Wijnaldum on talks with Virgil van Dijk and his Whatsapp message to Liverpool.


On Sunday it was revealed that Van Dijk’s campaign may have ended after a specialist confirmed that he would have to go under the knife to repair damage to his ACL.

Gini Wijnaldum said he would speak to the battered Virgil van Dijk about football after it was revealed that the Liverpool defender would need surgery.

Gini Wijnaldum has not had any football talks with the ailing defender Virgil van Dijk since his injury last weekend.

But the Dutch midfielder says he still needs to talk to his compatriot about the fate of the team, while Van Dijk is preparing for a lengthy recovery process.

After beating Ajax 1-0 in the Champions League at the Johan Cruyff Arena on Wednesday night, Wijnaldum revealed that Van Dijk had sent a message to his colleagues via WhatsApp before the game.

The injury was caught after a shocking attack by Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford in a 2-2 draw with Everton on Saturday.

“I don’t think that’s important to him now. And for me, as we speak, the most important thing is his life and his rehab.

“He wished us good luck at WhatsApp and that was it,” Wijnaldum said.

“You know, this is not the right time for me to talk to Virgil about football,” Wijnaldum said.

“It’s not the right time to talk to Virgil about soccer because it’s not [the right time]right now.

“We talk about life and these things rather than football. That could change in a few months when he is well ahead in his rehab, but now is not the right time.

After Van Dijk and Joel Matip were both eliminated for the Group B game in Amsterdam, midfielder Fabinho had to go on the defensive alongside Joe Gomez.

Wijnaldum added: “The performance was good. We played better games and better football, some games, the counter pressure was better.

And Wijnaldum was impressed by the way the Brazilian international acted as a makeshift central defender.

“Ajax is a good team to start the Champions League campaign with a win. Last year we lost [our first game]against Napoli, so it’s a completely different team.

“He’s a great player and can play in different positions. He does well wherever he plays, so that’s a good thing for the team.

“With Fabinho he was great as a central defender. We didn’t concede any goals in the games he played, but that’s how he plays there.

Wijnaldum compared the games that are currently on the rise for Jürgen Klopp’s team with the typical celebratory time.

“Normally we have this around December, game, game, game, game, all the time, but I think it’s because of COVID and because we stopped a little later than normal [last season],” Wijnaldum said.

Liverpool will quickly turn their attention to Saturday’s game with Sheffield United before another Champions League game against Midtjylland FC and a meeting with West Ham on 31 October.


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