Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk doubt for Arsenal clash after picking up nasty cut in RB Salzburg game

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Van Dijk went off with an eye injury (Picture: Getty)

Virgil van Dijk’s fitness for Liverpool’s Community Shield clash against Arsenal is in doubt after picking up a nasty cut against RB Salzburg.

Liverpool were in action in the pre-season friendly in Austria when Van Dijk was left bloodied from a collision with an opponent early in the second half.

Van Dijk went down and could be seen nursing a cut above his eye before the decision was taken to withdraw the centre-back.

The substitution is most likely a precaution considering the upcoming game against Arsenal on Saturday, with Nat Phillips replacing the Dutchman.

Van Dijk’s exit wouldn’t have done much to lift Jurgen Klopp’s mood having seen his side go 2-0 down in the first half.

Patson Daka twice fired past Alisson to give his side a healthy lead before a second-half double from Rhian Brewster ensured Liverpool avoided defeat.

After the match Klopp played down concerns about Van Dijk potentially missing the game with Arsenal, saying: ‘Virg only looks like he has a piercing now and has a plaster on it. It should not be, and is, no problem.

Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk
Van Dijk hurt himself in the second half (Picture: LFC TV)

‘In the moment it is of course not cool but there will not be a problem.’

The game against Salzburg is the second of Liverpool’s friendlies in a quick pre-season for the Reds.

The new Premier League season kicks off on 12 September, with the defending champions welcoming Leeds United to Anfield in their first game.

Liverpool will soon return to the UK, but the Reds will not have to quarantine for two weeks after they were given permission to bypass coronavirus safeguards.

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