Virgil van Dijk addresses injury concerns following the Netherlands’ loss.

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Following an injury scare during the Netherlands’ 6-1 thumping of Turkey in a World Cup qualifier on Tuesday night, Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has claimed that he is ‘OK.’

Although Liverpool supporters had their hearts in their mouths when he clashed with Turkish forward Halil Dervisoglu late in the game, the centre-back had a good showing in the huge Dutch triumph.

Dervisoglu pressured Van Dijk after collecting a short ball from Oranje goalkeeper Justin Bijlow, and the incident happened. The Turk grabbed the Netherlands captain on the ankle while regaining the ball and then passed it to Cengiz Under for a consolation goal.

Despite appearing to be in agony, Van Dijk later affirmed that there is no need for alarm.

“Fortunately, I’m alright. I’m already done with it, “After the game, he informed reporters. “Perhaps people believe I’m acting because I’m so huge, since when I go down, it takes a long time.”

Given the injury problems he has had over the previous year, Liverpool will want to maintain their key defensive presence as fit as possible during the season.

Van Dijk suffered an ACL injury in last October’s Merseyside derby, putting him out for the rest of the 2020/21 season and jeopardizing Liverpool’s chances of regaining the Premier League championship.

The 30-year-old has also ruled himself out of the national team’s participation in Euro 2020. The Dutch team was then eliminated from the competition after being knocked out in the final 16 by Czech Republic.

Van Dijk has played 90 minutes in each of Liverpool’s three Premier League games so far this season, and supporters will be hoping to see him again when domestic action returns on Sunday with a potentially difficult journey to Elland Road to face Leeds.