Van Dijk will be fit for Liverpool - Koeman

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The Netherlands manager has revealed both club and country agreed the defender would sit out Tuesday's clash with Belgium

Virgil van Dijk is fit to feature in Liverpool's Premier League clash with Huddersfield Town on Saturday, according to Netherlands head coach Ronald Koeman.

Van Dijk was ruled out of his country's friendly with Belgium on Tuesday after the Royal Dutch Football Association confirmed he was still suffering from a rib injury sustained in Liverpool's meeting with Southampton last month.

The 27-year-old played the full 90 minutes in Saturday's Nations League win over Germany – scoring the opener in a 3-0 win – before returning to his club for further treatment.

However, Koeman has revealed the decision was a mutual one between club and country, with the Netherlands boss believing the centre-back will be ready to go when the Premier League resumes this weekend.

"He's back in Liverpool but he is ready to play for next week," Koeman told a media conference.

"He's taken a rest. The medical staff of the Dutch national team spoke to the medical staff of Liverpool and made the decision that he would play only the Germany game and then after that go back to Liverpool.

"He is ready to play next weekend."

While Van Dijk was substituted in the Southampton match with the rib problem, and missed Liverpool's next match – a 2-1 Carabao Cup defeat to Chelsea – he was able to feature in all of the club's next three matches. 

If Koeman's prognosis proves accurate, it will be welcome news to Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, who has seen his side pick up a few knocks during the international break.

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Star man Mohamed Salah suffered an injury late on for Egypt in an African Cup of Nations qualifier against Swaziland and his status for Liverpool is now up in the air.

The Reds remain undefeated in the Premier League but will be looking to snap a four-match winless streak across all competitions when they square off against the Terriers. 

That will be followed by a midweek clash against Red Star Belgrade and a home date the next weekend against Cardiff City. 

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