Khabib sends message to Van Dijk after UFC star bumps into Liverpool defender

Khabib Nurmagomedov has wished Virgil van Dijk well as the Liverpool defender continues his recovery from an anterior cruciate ligament injury.

Van Dijk has been out of action since October after suffering the injury in the Merseyside derby and he has been carrying out rehab at the NAS Sports Complex in Dubai.

Khabib has also been in Dubai and bumped into Van Dijk in the complex’s gym.

The pair took a photo together and Khabib shared it on Instagram, captioning the image: “It was nice to meet you @virgilvandijk at @nas_sc I wish you get well and recovery soon, I know what it is injures, be patient”

UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov bumped into Virgil van Dijk in Dubai, with the Liverpool defender continuing his rehab at the NAS Sports Complex

Earlier this month, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp offered an update on Van Dijk’s recovery, revealing “he looks really really promising.”

“I don’t know what is possible and what is not, I don’t think I am the right person to judge it,” Klopp said.

“He looks really good and I spoke to him this morning and he is in a good mood, so it is all very promising.

Van Dijk is spending most of the season on the injury bench after an ACL tear – and Wijnaldum's gesture was hailed by Reds fans
Van Dijk has been out of action since October after suffering an ACL injury

“But I don’t know when he will be back. There are for sure a lot of stages to go over and to pass, that is clear.

“I had this injury myself but for the time we are in and how long he is out now, and how long the rehabilitation is going on, he looks really really promising. But that is all.”

Meanwhile, Khabib is known to be a big football fan and revealed his love for the Premier League in the build-up to his win over Justin Gaethje back in October at UFC 254.

“After this fight, I am going to travel a lot,” Khabib said. “I really want to watch a lot of games – Manchester [United], Liverpool, Manchester City. I know they have big stadiums and a lot of history.”

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