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Virgil van Dijk rules himself out of Euros selection to focus on Liverpool return – Liverpool FC

Virgil van Dijk rules himself out of Euros selection to focus on Liverpool returnVirgil van Dijk rules himself out of Euros selection to focus on Liverpool return

Virgil van Dijk rules himself out of Euros selection to focus on Liverpool return

Liverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk has ruled himself out of this summer’s European Championship in order to focus on his rehabilitation from a long-term knee injury.

Van Dijk has not played since October, when he underwent cruciate surgery. It was always unlikely he would feature for the Dutch national team, but earlier this week the Holland coach Frank De Boer was optimistic about his skipper’s involvement suggesting he faced ‘a dilemma’.

Now that door has closed, Van Dijk deferring to the medical view that his immediate priority is a full pre-season in the hope of starting the new campaign for his club in August.

“I have come to a decision that I had to make: would I be involved in the Euros, yes or no? With everything that is going on, I feel physically it is the right decision that I’ve decided not to go to the Euros and to go into my last phase of rehab during the off-season,” Van Dijk revealed in an interview with Liverpoolfc.com.

“So, the full focus will be on pre-season with the club and that’s a realistic goal, so I am looking forward to that. Obviously I am very gutted to miss the Euros, to miss the European Championship and leading out my own country there, but things have been like they have and I have to accept it – we all have to accept it.

“I think the decision to not go is the right decision in the grand scheme of things. It’s tough, but I’m at peace with it.”

Van Dijk’s statement will come as a relief to manager Jurgen Klopp, who was eager for his defender not to make a premature return for his country.

Despite Van Dijk’s improvement in recent weeks, the risk of participating in a major international tournament always looked too much, and the 29-year-old said he was taking the long-term view.

Van Dijk said: “Obviously I want to be back out there, I want to be helping my team-mates, helping my country in this case and I obviously want to help the club, but I think it’s the right thing to do to stay a little bit more patient and work even harder during the off-season and get ready.”

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