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Van Dijk, Matip and Trent give triple boost with successful lactate test – Liverpool FC

That’s nine months ago Virgil van Dijk was a regular member of Liverpool’s team training, but the Reds do not have to wait any longer as the Dutchman approaches his return.

And the same is true Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joel Matip, who have both been in their respective comeback attempts due to injury for one and six months.

Joe Gomez will soon join the list as the team reunites in Austria, but his arrival later in the day on Monday with the rest of the UK-based Reds means the others have gained a head start.

As members of the contingent to arrive early, Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk and Matip have all now experienced the joy of the lactate test.

They were joined by James Milner, Takumi Minamino, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Kostas Tsimikas in two different groups.

It is a regular feature on the first day of the pre-season that measures the team’s fitness levels, with data provided to learn when each player hits the wall after a certain intensity level and blood lactate.

It involves a variety of intervals and steps around a pitch, and the machine that is Milner always comes out on top, and you can expect the same this year.

But the return to pre-season and the dreaded lactate test provide a welcome sight of much-missed players left in the fold.

Back in March, Klopp said: “We are all over the moon when they are ready to train with us for the start of the pre-season.” And that is certainly the case for fans, players and coaches.

Although Van Dijk, Matip and Gomez are likely to take a cautious approach after especially such long periods away from the game, they represent a clean slate for 2021/22.

Last season was a tax, and the Reds will benefit greatly from having three colossal numbers available to them, and before the season will be the key to forming the foundation to keep them on track as long as possible.

And that they are ready to get stuck in training right away is a welcome boost as the Reds plan their return to lifting silverware in the near future.


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