Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk has withdrawn from the Netherland’s international squad ahead of their upcoming European Championship qualifier with Estonia on Tuesday, according to a report by Sky Sports.
The 28-year-old centre-back had skipped his country during their 0-0 draw with Northern Ireland on Saturday evening, however he has since decided to rule himself for the next fixture.
The Dutch FA released a statement revealing that Van Dijk had withdrawn because of ‘personal circumstances’, although no further information has been shed on the reasons as to why he has made the decision.
Perhaps worryingly for Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool, though, is that the enforcer has become the fifth man to become unavailable for international duty during the latest break.
Jordan Henderson and Joe Gomez withdrew prior to England’s victory against Kosovo, whilst both Mohamed Salah and Andrew Robertson were forced to miss out on their respective country’s fixtures for the entire recess, per The Independent.
Whilst there has been no suggestion that injury has been a factor for Van Dijk’s late withdrawal, a problem like that could have serious implications for the Reds.
According to data collected by data analysts WhoScored this season, the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year 2019 winner has managed to achieve an average of 0.8 tackles, one interception and a whopping 5.2 clearances per game for Liverpool in the Premier League.
An injury might be clutching at straws at the moment, but with games against the likes of Napoli and Everton coming up in the next few weeks, Klopp can’t afford to lose one of his key men for too long, regardless of the situation.