Virgil van Dijk has withdrawn from Netherlands squad for “personal circumstances”

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Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has withdrawn from the Netherlands squad for “personal circumstances”, ahead of the Oranje’s final UEFA Euro qualifying fixture against Estonia.

The big centre half doesn’t have to worry about his team making the competition as the draw they earned against Northern Ireland secured their spot at the Euros next year.

He becomes the latest player to pull out of this month’s internationals, with Joe Gomez, Andy Robertson, Jordan Henderson, Mohamed Salah and Caoimhin Kelleher all absent due to illness and injury.

It remains to be seen if whatever has caused Virgil to withdraw from his international squad will have an impact on his availability for the Reds against Crystal Palace.

Hopefully it’s nothing too serious for the No.4. It wouldn’t be that wild to suggest that he’d rather get back to Merseyside to prepare for the Reds.

To be honest, I wouldn’t be surprised if that’s why many of our players have brought themselves back early from international duty.

All that being said, I do hope nothing too serious has happened to any of the players that have pulled out – with the players’ well-being being the most important thing.

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