James Milner says it’s crucial Liverpool rotate Virgil van Dijk following his return from a protracted harm lay-off regardless of being regarded by team-mates as ‘Superman’.
The Netherlands captain, 30, was rested for the midweek Champions League victory over AC Milan however returned to play his fifth full 90 minutes within the Premier League this season within the 3-0 win in opposition to Crystal Palace on Saturday.
Van Dijk required ACL knee surgical procedure after a conflict with Jordan Pickford throughout a 2-2 draw with Everton on 17 October final yr.
“All of us assume Virg is Superman and he’s, 99 instances out of 100,” stated Milner.
“However the harm that he has come again from – and to look nearly as good as he has carried out since he has come again – you realize, he isn’t 21.
“To do what he has carried out since he is been again is unbelievable. It reveals what participant he’s, what a mentality he has.
“However he wants taking care of as effectively, irrespective of how indignant he will get at being unnoticed of the workforce. He’s going to wish taking care of and that’s rotation.”
Van Dijk began the primary 4 league video games of the marketing campaign alongside Joel Matip however Liverpool supervisor Jurgen Klopp opted to call summer season signing Ibrahima Konate as his centre-back companion in opposition to Palace.
Instead of the rested Van Dijk final week, England worldwide Joe Gomez made a long-awaited return after 10 months out by means of a knee harm of his personal.
Liverpool vice-captain Milner added: “You take a look at the centre-halves within the membership – they’re all unbelievable. You see them in coaching, they’re unbelievable.
“I feel it (rotation) is clearly vital. The positions we obtained into final yr, we have been unfortunate with accidents and gamers having to play out of place. I feel it’s to assist with issues like that.”
Liverpool, who’ve conceded simply as soon as up to now within the league, journey to Norwich within the Carabao Cup on Tuesday, dwell on Sky Sports activities.
The Reds completed third within the Premier League final season, 17 factors behind champions Manchester Metropolis, after a powerful end ensured Champions League qualification.
Two years on from their league title, Milner believes they’ve much more of their squad than once they broke their 30-year title drought.
“I feel that’s the mentality you want. You possibly can’t dwell, whether or not you’ve gotten efficiency or a foul efficiency. That you must transfer on to the following one,” the 35-year-old added.
“You possibly can’t be too completely satisfied after one, you’ll be able to’t be too down after a foul one.
“In case you have a few unhealthy outcomes and iffy performances, that’s when it will get tougher, however you take a look at this squad and it’s extra skilled than once we gained the title.
“We had the ache of final yr but it surely ended up being a very good yr, with what we managed to realize within the circumstances and coming with that late run (to qualify for the Champions League).
“However these experiences and emotions, as a bunch, we’ve been by means of all of them collectively and that may solely be factor.”