Virgil van Dijk forced off after clash of heads leaves Liverpool captain covered in blood in draw with RB Salzburg

VIRGIL VAN DIJK suffered a bloody cut to the head after a brutal collision during Liverpool's pre-season friendly against RB Salzburg.

The Dutch centre-back was forced off the field during Tuesday's 2-2 draw in Austria after a clash of heads with an opponent.

Van Dijk was left with blood streaming down one side of his face.

And Jurgen Klopp's star man required a pad to stop the bleeding as he walked off the field.

However, it is believed the injury sustained by Van Dijk is not serious.

And the Premier League winner should be fine to face Arsenal in Saturday's Community Shield clash.

Liverpool were given a reality check against Salzburg as they fell behind 2-0 after just 13 minutes thanks to a brace from Patson Daka.

But wonder-kid Rhian Brewster rescued the Reds with a second-half double of his own.

There’s now just over two weeks until the Premier League returns.

And Klopp explained prior to the match that he has been training his players at full intensity despite the short summer break.

Klopp said: “Training was promising. It was relatively high intensity in the session.

“We played like a full very, very intense training session. Is it the highest quality? I don’t know, we will see.”

Liverpool XI: Alisson; Williams, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson; Wijnaldum, Fabinho, Keita; Salah, Firmino, Mane

Subs: Milner, Adrian, Grujic, Jones, Minamino, Tsimikas, Brewster, Phillips, Hoever, Kelleher, Elliot, Van Den Berg, Koumetio

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