Georginio Wijnaludm admits he did not know how to approach Virgil van Dijk in the immediate aftermath of the Liverpool defender’s injury.
Van Dijk suffered a tear of his anterior cruciate ligament during the 2-2 draw at Everton in mid-October and may not feature again this season.
The Dutch defender underwent successful surgery five weeks ago and has begun rehabilitation at Liverpool’s Kirkby base as he battles to return to fitness.
Van Dijk is one of the principal leaders in the Liverpool dressing room and was voted the club’s third-captain two years ago.
Prior to his injury, he had seldom missed a game since moving to Anfield in January 2018, making 130 appearances for the club.
And Wijnaldum admits he was unsure on whether to contact his Liverpool and Netherlands teammate after he learned the magnitude of the injury.
“In the beginning it was quite difficult because you don’t know if you can call or it’s better to leave him alone,” Wijnaldum told Liverpool’s official website.
“I have to say that he makes it easier for me to call him because he was calling me most of the time and he was texting me most of the time.
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“Normally what I did in the beginning was just a quick text message on WhatsApp that I was thinking of him and I prayed for him and those kind of things.
“It was also because I didn’t know how he was feeling and everything, but now I see that he’s quite good.
“He deals good with the situation, he’s positive about the situation and everything.
“We call quite often now because I know that I can. But in the beginning for me it was a bit like, ‘Can I call him or not?’ because I can understand that in a situation he was in you also want a little bit of rest and moment for yourself.
“In the beginning it was a little bit searching for the right way to approach him. But now it goes really well.”
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