Virgil van Dijk trains with Clarence Seedorf in Liverpool boost as he steps up recovery from horror knee injury

VIRGIL VAN DIJK has stepped up his recovery from injury – by training with Dutch legend Clarence Seedorf.

Van Dijk – sidelined since suffering a cruciate knee ligament injury after a late challenge from Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford in October – has kept fans up to date with his rehab over the festive period.

The Dutchman was filmed working out in the weights room and going through ball drills before Christmas.

Van Dijk was hard at it on a Wattbike on Tuesday to boost his fitness levels and work his knee.

And now the 29-year-old has roped in countryman Seedorf to help him in the gym before the new year.

Former AC Milan and Real Madrid midfielder Seedorf shared a snap on Instagram of the duo after a gruelling session.

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He wrote: "I joined the captain @virgilvandijk for some #training today!

"Happy to see his determination and hard work to be back on the pitch stronger than before!

"In these type of journeys, patience and focus are key to succeed. Keep it up my brother!"

Liverpool are refusing to rule Van Dijk out for the remainder of the season.

But his absence is just one part of a defensive injury crisis causing problems for Jurgen Klopp.

Joe Gomez is expected to miss the bulk of the campaign after undergoing surgery on a tendon in his left knee in November.

While Liverpool's other senior defender, Joel Matip, was set to undergo a scan on a groin injury sustained in Sunday's 1-1 draw with West Brom.

Fabinho has been filling the gap at the back, with youngster Rhys Williams replacing Matip against the Baggies. Nat Phillips is another in reserve.

Captain Jordan Henderson could also drop back alongside Fabinho as a short-term solution.

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has urged his former club to sign a defender in the January transfer window to cover for Matip.

Anfield bigwigs have reportedly put Ozan Kabak of Schalke and Ajax's Perr Schuurs at the top of their January shortlist.

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