By Wayne Veysey

1st Apr, 2016 | 7:49pm

Vertonghen delivers fitness update ahead of Tottenham trip to Liverpool

By Tottenham correspondent Tony Hughes

Jan Vertonghen has taken to Twitter to reveal that he is closing in on a return to the Tottenham team ahead of Saturday’s Premier League clash against Liverpool.

The Belgium international posted the message, “Getting closer” alongside a picture of him training alongside his first-team colleagues.

Manager Mauricio Pochettino had revealed on Thursday afternoon that Vertonghen was “very close” to a return after two months on the sidelines, while Toby Alderweireld has fully recovered from the illness that forced him out of the Belgium squad.

It is a double defensive boost for Spurs and Pochettino could have to choose between Vertonghen and Kevin Wimmer as he considers his options ahead of the trip to Anfield.

Alderweireld, who has played every minute of every match of Spurs’ Premier League campaign, is a certain starter after recovering from the stomach illness that forced him out of his country’s friendly clash against Portugal on Tuesday.

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Pochettino will be tempted to recall Vertonghen if he is convinced the key centre-back is back to full fitness.

The 28-year-old has been a regular for Spurs since signing from Ajax in 2012, and he was enjoying his finest season for the club alongside his Belgium and former Ajax team-mate Toby Alderweireld, as the duo rekindled their partnership to lead the Premier League’s finest defence.

In Vertonghen’s absence, Kevin Wimmer has stepped in to form a solid centre-back partnership with Alderweireld, who has been one of the outstanding players in the Premier League this season.

Speaking on Thursday, Pochettino told the Tottenham website: “Alderweireld was ill but he’s okay. He trained with us Tuesday, Wednesday and today. He is good, he’s fully fit, no issues for Saturday.”

Vertonghen has not played since suffering knee ligament damage against Crystal Palace at the end of January.

Football Insider revealed earlier this month that the centre-back was targeting a return in Saturday’s pivotal Premier League clash at Anfield, and Pochettino hinted on Thursday at a possible return for the Belgium international by saying he is “very close” to full fitness.

Spurs play Liverpool at Anfield in a Saturday evening kick-off as they attempt to maintain the pressure on league leaders Leicester.

In other Tottenham news, Clinton N’jie is stepping up his rehabilitation after being out since December.