Liverpool fans were sent into meltdown as Virgil van Dijk gave an injury rehab update on Instagram.

The Dutchman has been out of action for the Reds since October after picking up an ACL tear in the Merseyside derby.

After undergoing a successful surgery within days of the match, the defender gave a first public appearance on Tuesday with a post on Instagram.

And Van Dijk shared even more positive updates on the social media channel today as he made a return to Melwood.

The defender can be seen smiling as he walks across the gym at the club’s new £50m Kirkby facility.

Virgil van Dijk sent Liverpool fans into meltdown with his latest injury rehab update
Virgil van Dijk sent Liverpool fans into meltdown with his latest injury rehab update

With a white bandage around the top of his left leg, another image shows the Dutchman putting light pressure on the knee.

He lifts two weighted wires above his head while a physic puts pressure on his core.

In another exercise, Van Dijk uses TRX cables to work on propulsion by putting all of his bodyweight on the injured leg.

And the last image shows the defender monitoring his progress as he jogs in a pool.

The Dutchman picked up an ACL tear in the Merseyside derby
The Dutchman picked up an ACL tear in the Merseyside derby
But the defender was all smiles as he shared images of his rehab at Kirkby training ground
But the defender was all smiles as he shared images of his rehab at Kirkby training ground

The images earned more than 500,000 likes within four hours of posting as the Anfield faithful expressed their delight at the injured star’s update.

“Oh hello! We’ve missed you, big man,” one supporter said.

Another commented: “Great to see you back! Keep working hard.”

While a third could not contain their emotions, with: “Tears in my eyes.”

And a fourth added: “Wow - you love to see this.”

The Reds star was seen putting pressure on his injured leg, which had a white bandage
The Reds star was seen putting pressure on his injured leg, which had a white bandage
While he was able to take a dip in the pool to practice his running
While he was able to take a dip in the pool to practice his running

A fifth made a cheeky request for the upcoming game against Wolves, with: “Sunday too soon? Maybe just the bench?”

With a final supporter simply saying: “That’s more like it!”

Van Dijk is one of 11 players on the injury bench for the Premier League champions, which saw Jurgen Klopp blast player welfare in his latest press conference.

And this was a issue the Reds manager brought up in his extraordinary rant live on BT Sport with Des Kelly.