Liverpool center back Joe Gomez was out for a long time with a fractured leg. He is now back in the squad training for the past week and half.
Some reports speculated that even though he wasn’t match fit to be part of Liverpool v Tottenham, he might be ready by the game against Southampton.
That seems unlikely now. Especially after Sky Sports reports that the player will miss the Saints game. The England international is only 21 and there is no need to rush him back from the injury he suffered in December.
Van Dijk has been partnered by Joel Matip in the absence of Joe Gomez but Liverpool will prefer to have the first choice partner for Van Dijk back in the fold as soon as possible. Several fit players in the same position give a lot of options.