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Liverpool manager Klopp hopes for van Dijk, Gomez extension against Bologna

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is hopeful Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez are able to play more minutes against Bologna

The centre-back, who spent most of last season on the sidelines with injury, came on as second-half substitutes in the loss to Hertha Berlin last week.

Asked if the pair could play more minutes against the Serie A side, Klopp said: "Hopefully, yes. That's how it looks in the moment. I want to make it really clear, we push nothing.

"We just don't. We wait a little bit, the players come, we have now with Dr Andreas Schlumberger a real specialist who is in constant talks and always observing everything.

"We know exactly how they feel – how they really feel and not what they tell us because they obviously are desperate to play again.

"It looks good, this morning [it was a] normal training session. Sometimes in moments we swap Virgil and Joe a little bit so maybe the intensity doesn't get too high, but in general it looks really good. How many minutes on Thursday, I don't know but there will be some minutes for sure."


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