Nightmare message for Liverpool – van Dijk needs surgery

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Liverpool confirm that Virgil van Dijk must undergo surgery for a knee injury.

Virgil van Dijk has to cover a long period on the sidelines. Photo: Catherine Ivill / AFP

The club writes this on its website.

There is talk of a ligament injury in the knee. The club does not release more details. The reigning league champions do not know when the Dutch stopper giant may be back in action.

“After the operation, van Dijk will start a training program with the club’s medical support staff, so that he can be back in full physical shape as soon as possible,” it said in a statement.

According to the usually well-informed James Pearce, who is a journalist in The Athletic, this is about an injury to the anterior cruciate ligament.

– Will do everything I can

On Sunday night, van Dijk explained the situation Twitter. He says he is fully focused on coming back.

– I will do everything I can to get back as soon as possible, he writes.

– In football, as in life otherwise, I believe that everything happens for a reason. It is important to keep your head cool even if you are tall or short. With the support of my wife, children, family and everyone in Liverpool, I am ready for the challenges ahead.

Horror tackle

It was early in Saturday’s town clash against Everton that Van Dijk suffered the injury. Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford stormed out and rushed into the 29-year-old’s knee. An offside in advance, however, meant that VAR never considered whether Liverpool should have had a penalty and Pickford should have been sent off, wrote ESPN journalist Dale Johnson on Saturday.

Van Dijk came to Liverpool from Southampton in January 2018. Since then, the midfielder has played all league matches for the Reds from Merseyside.

Liverpool also have first goalkeeper Alisson on the injury list.



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