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Gallery: Van Dijk and Other Teammates Photographed in Indoor Training and Recovery

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While no timeline has been put on the Dutchman’s recovery, it’s good to see him at work in the AXA Training Centre in Kirkby alongside other Reds returning to fitness.

Defender Virgil Van Dijk lies on a mat with direction from a member of the physio team
Virgil van Dijk during a training session at AXA Training Centre on December
Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images

Less than two months after being injured in a collision with Everton’s Jordan Pickford on October 17th, Liverpool’s Virgil Van Dijk returns to light duties as he begins his rehab journey.

The surgery to repair his cruciate ligament injury was successful, and his photographed rehab work is encouraging — while there is no timeline placed on his return, it’s good to see him working with the team again.

The club have released photos to let fans see the Dutchman back in the gym for themselves.

Virgil van Dijk of Liverpool during a training session at AXA Training Centre on December 04, 2020 in Kirkby, England. He lifts his knee and pulls wall-mounted bands with his arms. A masked physio staff member sits beside him to direct his movement.
Virgil van Dijk during a training session at AXA Training Centre on December 04, 2020 in Kirkby, England.
Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images
van Dijk watches his movements on screen while immersed in a pool of water at the AXA Training Centre in Kirkby on December 04, 2020. His back is to the camera, and we can see four images from different angles to show how his knee is moving.
van Dijk watches his movements on screen while immersed in a pool of water at the AXA Training Centre in Kirkby on December 04, 2020
Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images

Van Dijk’s photographed session are supplemented by his own social media posts documenting his journey back to match fitness. On his instagram he posted a photo of himself in Kirkby captioned “working harder than ever..”

Of course, Van Dijk is not the only returning face available in the training images. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, himself having a frustrating run of luck with injuries, was photographed enjoying himself while at work as well. (He was photographed doing serious rehab work as well as having a bit of fun.) Reds will be pleased with his return to fitness as the midfield becomes increasingly stretched.

lAex Oxlade-Chamberlain sticks his tongue out at the camera during training at AXA Training Centre on December 04, 2020 in Kirkby, England.
lAex Oxlade-Chamberlain sticks his tongue out at the camera during training at AXA Training Centre on December 04, 2020 in Kirkby, England.
Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images

Alongside Ox, James Milner and Xherdan Shaqiri were seen at work inside, as photos look to suggest a number of players might have a return in sight, even if they’re not yet on the (training) pitch.

Xherdan Shaqiri shows off his calves in a training session at AXA Training Centre on December 04, 2020 in Kirkby, England.
Xherdan Shaqiri shows off his calves at AXA Training Centre on December 04, 2020 in Kirkby, England.
Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images
James Milner hard at work at AXA Training Centre on December 04, 2020 in Kirkby, England.
James Milner hard at work at AXA Training Centre on December 04, 2020 in Kirkby, England.
Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images