Liverpool will need to assess Virgil van Dijk’s condition in the coming days to determine whether he is fit to take part in Saturday’s FIFA Club World Cup final with Flamengo.

The centre-back missed Wednesday evening’s 2-1 last-four victory over Monterrey in Qatar due to illness – and Jürgen Klopp admitted it was too early to tell whether he would return at the weekend.

The manager said: “It was an easy decision actually because he couldn’t train.

“Yes, he was yesterday on the [training] pitch for a couple of minutes until the media left [the session] and then, unfortunately, he had to leave as well. Not because of the media, just because he didn’t feel well.

“So yesterday no training was possible, this morning no training possible, so it was an easy decision – he couldn’t play. It was difficult for Hendo to deal with, but he did really good.

“We will see, I don’t know how quick he can recover. We will see.”

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