Liverpool centre-back Virgil Van Dijk could be ruled out for the remainder of the season after having suffered a horrible tackle from Everton shot-stopper Jordan Pickford in the Merseyside derby.
Liverpool announced on Sunday that Virgil Van Dijk needs to undergo a knee surgery with reports saying the Dutch defender could be out for seven or even eight months.
In fact, Pickford had a horrendous challenge with the former Southampton player. However, he was not even booked by referee Michael Oliver as reports said Toffees goalkeeper was willing to clear the ball.
Van Dijk was substituted after just 10 minutes of play by Joe Gomez with Liverpool and Everton drawing 2-2 in the derby.
“Liverpool FC can confirm Virgil van Dijk will undergo surgery on the knee injury he sustained during Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Everton. Reds announced on Sunday.
The centre-back damaged knee ligaments following an incident involving Blues goalkeeper Jordan Pickford after six minutes at Goodison Park.
Van Dijk was required to be substituted and further assessment on the injury has revealed an operation will be needed.
No specific timescale is being placed upon his return to action at this stage.
Following surgery, Van Dijk will begin a rehabilitation programme with the club’s medical team to enable him to reach full fitness as soon as possible.”
Later in the night, the injured-player himself took on his social media accounts to send gratefulness and assurance messages to fans over his current situation.
Joel Matip and Joe Gomez are expecting to start against Ajax Amsterdam on Wednesday for their first UEFA Champions league group stage game. This for so long time with Fabinho being the second option for Jürgen Klopp in the heart of the defence.
“This afternoon I met with a leading consultant to start the process of planning the finer details of my rehabilitation following the incident yesterday. Virgil Van Dijk wrote on Twitter.
I’m now fully focused on my recovery and will do everything I can to be back as quickly as possible.
Despite the obvious disappointment, I’m a firm believer that within difficulty lies opportunity and with God’s help I’m going to make sure I return better, fitter and stronger than ever before.
In football, as in life, I believe everything happens for a reason and it’s important to try and keep level-headed whether going through the highs or the lows. With the support of my wife, kids, family and everyone at Liverpool, I’m ready for the challenge ahead.
I’d like to thank everyone for the messages of support, it’s meant a huge amount to me and my family, and I’ll now be doing everything possible to support my teammates in any way I can ahead of a big few weeks ahead as I take my own recovery day by day. I’ll be back.” he concluded.