Virgil van Dijk made his return to Liverpool on Thursday after more than nine months of injury.

The Orange international played for about twenty minutes in a practice match against Hertha BSC.

Thirty-year-old Van Dijk came on the field in the 69th minute.

He made his first minutes since last October when he suffered a serious knee injury in the league game against Everton after an awkward play by Everton keeper Jordan Pickford.

He then underwent surgery.

Due to the serious cruciate ligament injury, Van Dijk had to cancel the European Championship in June.

In the absence of the captain, the European final tournament went dramatically for the Orange.

In the eighth finals, the Netherlands was eliminated by the Czech Republic, after which national coach Frank de Boer drew his conclusions.

In addition to Van Dijk, Joe Gomez also made his comeback for Liverpool.

The English defender, who was also out for a long time due to an injury, came in at the same time as the Dutchman.

Virgil van Dijk hugs manager Jürgen Klopp before taking the field.

Virgil van Dijk hugs manager Jürgen Klopp before taking the field.

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Liverpool lose in goal-rich game against Hertha

Liverpool lost the match against Hertha in Innsbruck 4-3.

The German led 2-0 after just over half an hour thanks to goals from Santiago Ascacibar and Suat Serdar.

Sadio Mané and Takumi Minamino brought the English alongside before half-time.

In the second half, Stevan Jovetic gave Hertha a 4-2 lead with two goals, after which Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain did something back on behalf of Liverpool in the final phase.

Javairô Dilrosun was substituted for Hertha in the 68th minute, when Deyovaisio Zeefuik came on at that moment.

Liverpool's next exhibition game is on August 8.

'The Reds' will then take on the Spanish Athletic Club.

They open the new Premier League season on August 14 with an away game against newly promoted Norwich City.