Dejan Lovren has been speaking about his exit from Liverpool among other topics in an interview with Russian news outlet Sport Express.
Interestingly, the Croatia international also revealed he’d spoken to Virgil van Dijk about his injury.
On the topic of the Dutchman’s knee issue, Lovren said: ‘We talked about his recovery, about the knee. You know that Virgil has a serious injury – the cruciate ligaments are damaged. Moreover, when this happened, at first he did not even feel anything: he starts to walk – everything is fine, and after a few steps it gets worse and worse.
‘But I hope he will be back in service soon. I advised van Dijk not to speed up the recovery for Euro 2020. If the risk of relapse persists, it is best to wait. Virgil is young for a center-back, only 29 years old. There will still be major tournaments in his career.’
The Zenit St Petersburg centre-back is wise to tell Van Dijk not to rush his rehabilitation in order to make the European Championships this summer.
As Lovren says, the former Celtic colossus has enough time in his career to appear at other tournaments, so there’s no need to risk it all for this one.
Additionally, this year’s tournament certainly isn’t worth gambling your career on, as the pandemic will mean that it either gets called off, or has a limited amount of fans there – in our view.
If we were Van Dijk, we wouldn’t be willing to undo all our hard work in order to be fit in time for a sub-par edition of the famous competition.
Nevertheless, it’s good to see that Lovren still keeps in contact with his former teammate.
Presumably, Jurgen Klopp probably wishes he hadn’t sold the Croatian now.
Liverpool have lined up with Jordan Henderson and Fabinho at centre-back in their last two Premier League games, amid an injury crisis at centre-back.