Liverpool’s best defender set to return to training in full preparation to face Man Utd

Virgil van Dijk and Thiago are prepared to dive headfirst into preseason after taking a long holiday, while Diogo Jota and Fabinho experienced some life-altering experiences.

Following the start of preseason for 16 senior players over the past week, Jurgen Klopp will now welcome back the remaining Reds who received an extended break following the 2021–2022 season.

It is those who spent time on international duty that is to be welcomed back into the fold as Liverpool makes the trip to the Far East for games against Man United and Crystal Palace.

Van Dijk is one of those players who is “ready to get back now and enjoy the new season” having taken valuable time to rest and recharge with his family after his incredible comeback season.

The Dutchman made 51 appearances last season, the most of his Liverpool career, on return from an ACL injury, and will only be stronger this time around.

His post on Instagram was met by enthusiasm from Jordan Henderson, who is ready to have his center-back in the squad after Van Dijk’s 31st birthday celebrations.

Thiago is also ready to head “back to Liverpool” after a summer to remember, one that saw him take in sights in Spain and Italy with his family and national compatriots Jordi Alba and Sergio Busquets.

For Fabinho and Diogo Jota, meanwhile, the end to their summer breaks came with some life-changing announcements. First comes an engagement, then comes a baby…

Jota popped the question to his partner, Rute Cardoso, and now has a date for a wedding to set with his childhood sweetheart saying “yes:”


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