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The Netherlands defender urged fans to keep themselves safe and continue to follow government guidance about the COVID-19 pandemic.

Virgil van Dijk says Liverpool’s players are overlooking the lovers and the buzz of a matchday — but that people’s health is the main thing.

Liverpool’s final game before the coronavirus pandemic stopped European soccer was the 3-2 Champions League defeat to Atletico Madrid on March 11.

Action is not likely to restart in the long run, and matches fans look set to be a ways away — but the Dutch defender passed on a message into the Anfield faithful through the club official site .

“First of all, stay safe. Stay home,” Van Dijk said.

“Do the right things, wash your hands and do all of the things the government is saying, which you’ve heard probably every second of the day — but do it because it helps everybody.

“It helps you but it helps everyone around you too.

“The second issue is that we miss you guys also, we miss being out there, we miss working hard every day and trying to get better and show our qualities to you all.

“Just stay put, wait and see, that is the only thing we could all do anyway.

“The most important thing is to stay safe and look after yourself, your loved ones and the people who are near you.”

With Liverpool fans still desperate to get their hands on a Premier League trophy which sits only two wins off, the squad do their best to stay in fighting shape in isolation.

“We try to get in that kind of rhythm,” Van Dijk explained.

“The fitness department attempted to put up some sessions which we can all do together through video telephone and I believe that’s a fantastic idea to stick together again and watch each other — view all each other again.

“Aside from that you simply do your running and attempt to do at least something daily.

“Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday we do a more challenging session to give your body exactly what it needs because it can go fast in the event you don’t do anything for quite some time.

“You have to be wise and you need to do the proper things to maintain your body on a certain level which you can kick when it begins again.”