Andy Robertson makes ‘selfish’ admission to Virgil van Dijk after Liverpool injury
Liverpool star Andy Robertson has insisted Liverpool will benefit from Virgil van Dijk’s absence from the European Championships this summer, while admitting it is from a ‘selfish’ point of view.
Van Dijk suffered a serious knee injury in the Merseyside derby last October and has been out of action ever since.
The Dutchman gradually went through the various stages of rehabilitation and there were rumors that he could have made his comeback at the European Championships this summer.
However, Van Dijk has declared himself out of action for the Netherlands, aiming to be fit and ready to compete in Liverpool’s pre-season next month.
Robertson is currently part of the Scottish national team preparing to face the Netherlands in a friendly before the Euro which starts next week.
The Liverpool left-back has spoken about the ups and downs of Van Dijk’s rehab, and why he missed the international summer is good news for the Reds.
“At one point it seemed likely Virg would win the euros,” Robertson said. The herald . “It looked like it would be his first return game and I would have liked nothing more than playing against him.
“I saw the big man go through rehab, struggling sometimes of course, and now cross the other side with his growing smile.
“He feels like he’s close to physical form and close to replaying and for me being close to him is obviously difficult.
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“I want my friends to be successful and I want my friends to play in the biggest tournaments when they qualify.
“Seeing him fail is obviously difficult, but he made the best decision of his career. He seems quite happy with the decision.
“He’s obviously disappointed, but he made the best decision for his body and that’s why he opted out.
“It’s a huge loss for the Netherlands, but from a selfish point of view, if he’s in great shape and ready for next season, that obviously helps Liverpool because – for me – he’s the best defender of the world and hopefully next season and other seasons to come he will show it again.