Virgil van Dijk is "going through hell" as he recovers from injury, according to Liverpool teammate Georginio Wijnaldum.
The Dutchman is likely to be out for the remainder of the season after being crocked by Jordan Pickford in the Merseyside derby.
He ruptured knee ligament damage, which is among one of the worse injuries to sustain as a footballer.
The recovery period is usually at least 12-14 months – but can be longer in some cases.
It means it will be heavily unlikely Liverpool will be able to call upon his services this season.
But the centre-back has undergone successful surgery and is now in the process of recovery.
And Wijnaldum has given an update on his countryman, admitting he is going through a tough period.
"Virgil will return with God's will," Wijnaldum told VI.
“It is a difficult time for him; this is the worst thing you can experience as a football player.
"You go through hell. But I think he is very strong. We FaceTime every now and then and that is very nice.”
Liverpool have already called upon a number of replacements in Van Dijk's absence.
Fabinho was touted as the ideal man to come in but he also has suffered from injury.
Joel Matip is the latest but his fitness issues are well known to the club, and then the youngsters are left.
But even they have impressed when called upon, with Rhys Wiliams and Nat Phillips both earning rave reviews when played.
In a season with no pre-season and matches every three to four days, many have denounced the upcoming international break – which includes a friendly.
With the added risk of contracting coronavirus, it makes little sense to add more problems during a difficult time.
But Wijnaldum was upbeat after joining up with the Netherlands team.
“As a club you never have the guarantee that you will get players back completely fit,” he added.
“We play three international matches and that takes energy. But as a football player I think it is great to play many matches with the Dutch national team.
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