Liverpool defender, Joel Matip is close to returning to training, Jurgen Klopp has said. He, however, revealed that he won’t be rushing the African into training until he is completely ready.
According to him, he is currently in constant talks with the medical department, the fitness department, and the rehab department, so he’ll be kept updated on their recovery.
Klopp added that Van Dijk and Joel Matip will not be having double sessions with the first team just yet.
His words, “No, they aren’t [at the same level as the others], but it’s different.”
“Let’s start with: all four look really good, I have to say. Look really good.”
“Now we are in constant talks with the medical department, the fitness department, the rehab department about what is right for them today: do they have to do maybe a little bit more than the rest of the group, do they have to do a little bit less?”
“So, especially Virg and Joe will not have double sessions now for the first few days with the team; they have a second session of the day but it’s with Andreas Schlumberger, with the rehab department, physiotherapy, these kinds of things.”
“That’s for these two. [They] look really good. I don’t know exactly when we can make the next steps but it will happen in the next four weeks, for sure – we will get a big step forward.”
“Joel looks good, absolutely, he is the closest probably to normal training and then we will see when we get him started for playing.”
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