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'I am not a robot' - Van Dijk delivers fitness update after Premier League return for Liverpool

 The Dutch defender returned to the top-flight for the first time since October 2020, with victory over Norwich

Virgil van Dijk has delivered an update on his fitness after coming through a first Premier League outing in 10 months, with the Liverpool looking to curb expectations by pointing out that he is not "a robot".

The Netherlands international has taken a long road to recovery since suffering knee ligament damage during the Merseyside derby with Everton in October 2020.

He reached the end of that path during a meeting with Norwich on Saturday as the Reds eased to a 3-0 win at Carrow Road, but Van Dijk is aware that it is going to take more than one outing against newly-promoted opponents in order for him to get back to his best.

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