Liverpool have confirmed Virgil van Dijk has suffered injury to his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), leaving their influential defender face a prolonged spell on the sidelines.
The Dutchman suffered the knee damage on account of a horror problem from Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford within the 2-2 attract Saturday’s Merseyside derby.
Pickford, the England No.1, was lucky to flee a purple card after scything Van DIjk down within the field.
Van Dijk went to hospital on Sunday the place he underwent scans to find out the extent of the damage and it has now been confirmed that he has suffered ACL injury.
The Netherlands worldwide is now dealing with as much as eight months on the sidelines, and unlikely to play once more this season.
An announcement from the membership learn: “Liverpool FC can affirm Virgil van Dijk will bear surgical procedure on the knee damage he sustained throughout Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Everton.
“The centre-back broken knee ligaments following an incident involving Blues goalkeeper Jordan Pickford after six minutes at Goodison Park.
“Van Dijk was required to be substituted and additional evaluation on the damage has revealed an operation will probably be wanted.
“No particular timescale is being positioned upon his return to motion at this stage.
“Following surgical procedure, Van Dijk will start a rehabilitation programme with the membership’s medical workforce to allow him to achieve full health as quickly as attainable.”
Liverpool are extra hopeful summer time signing Thiago Alcantara, who additionally had a scan on a knee late on Saturday after the excessive deal with which noticed Richarlison despatched off, shouldn’t be critical.
Nevertheless, supervisor Jurgen Klopp is now having to contemplate what life for his workforce will imply with out the 29-year-old Van Dijk for what is ready to be vital size of time.
The Reds boss opted to not signal a substitute when Dejan Lovren moved to Zenit St Petersburg in the summertime, insisting midfielder Fabinho may fill in on the again – and he has performed already this season.
However having changed the out-of-form Joe Gomez with Joel Matip, taking part in his first match for the reason that opening day of the season at Goodison Park, Klopp faces having to pair the untested and injury-troubled duo in opposition to Ajax within the Champions League on Wednesday.
The 23-year-old Nat Phillips, with only one FA Cup look to his identify both facet of two mortgage spells at Stuttgart final season, is now the back-up possibility with the highly-rated however unproven 17-year-old Billy Koumetio one other different.