Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk undergoes knee surgery after ligament damage in Jordan Pickford’s reckless challenge in Merseyside derby amid fears the center-back would miss most of the season
- Virgil van Dijk injured his knee in Liverpool’s 2-2 draw against Everton
- The Dutchman must undergo surgery after damage to his anterior cruciate ligament
- The Liverpool man collided with Everton’s Jordan Pickford after just six minutes
- Jurgen Klopp could face months without his best defender this season
Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk will be out for a long period after damaging his knee ligaments in Saturday’s Merseyside Derby with Everton.
The Dutch defender was involved in a collision with Toffees goalkeeper Jordan Pickford after just six minutes after the 2-2 draw at Goodison Park.
Everton’s shot stopper was not sanctioned for the tackle, with Van Dijk in an offside position at the time of the collision, but the central defender was forced off the field because he could not continue.
Virgil van Dijk needs surgery on his knee after injuring his ACL at Everton on Saturday
The Dutchman was involved in a collision with Jordan Pickford after a six-minute game
A statement from Liverpool said: ‘Van Dijk had to be replaced and further assessment of the injury has indicated that surgery will be required.
No specific timetable is set at this stage for his return to action.
“After surgery, Van Dijk will start a rehabilitation program with the club’s medical team to get him fully fit as soon as possible.”
Match referee Michael Oliver and VAR official David Coote chose not to view the Pickford tackle as a dangerous challenge.
Despite Van Dijk’s injury, Everton’s goalkeeper was not penalized for the challenge
The England international goalkeeper could still be banned for a dangerous challenge if the FA decides to intervene retroactively.
Liverpool had rejected beIN Sports presenter Richard Keys’ claims on Saturday night that the Dutch central defender has suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury.
The defender played a pivotal role in Liverpool’s rise under Jurgen Klopp and was ever-present when the Reds took their first Premier League title in 30 years last season.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp admitted he was not in a good mood after Van Dijk’s injury
Van Dijk has not missed a minute of top football for Liverpool since September 2019 and his absence will be a blow to the Reds’ title challenge.
The Reds will face Joe Gomez and Joel Matip as center-backs, while Liverpool will also have youngsters Sepp van den Berg, Nat Phillips and Rhys Williams in reserve.
Klopp revealed that his side suffered from Van Dijk’s withdrawal on Saturday and admitted that he was not in a good mood after the injury.
The German boss (right) claimed that Liverpool had suffered against Everton after Van Dijk’s injury
The German said on Saturday: ‘The set piece (for Everton’s first) was unlucky because Virgil was not on the field, we solved it in the game, but it was the first corner when he was not on the field’, he said.
Joe Gomez played a sensational game. A good game. I’m not worried about the boys.
“The problem we have right now is that I’m not really in a good mood, I’ve injured players in the locker room and that’s not good.”