Liverpool confirm extent of Van Dijk injury following Pickford clash

Ruben Hill
October 20, 2020

Van Dijk has been ruled out for most of the season with an ACL injury, following Pickford's awful tackle in Saturday's Merseyside derby.

Reds centre back van Dijk, the UEFA Men's Player of the Year for 2018/19, damaged crucial knee ligaments in the dramatic 2-2 draw at Goodison Park on Saturday as the result of a challenge from England worldwide Pickford.

"The centre-back damaged knee ligaments following an incident involving Blues goalkeeper Jordan Pickford after six minutes at Goodison Park".

Liverpool's defence has a long battle to survive with Virgil Van Dijk injury.

Returning to action after ACL surgery can take many months. No time frame has been put on his absence by the club but an injury of this nature could force him on the sidelines for several months and even miss the remainder of the campaign. You have to ask other people about that, not me.

Van Dijk has been pivotal to Liverpool's resurgence since making a then world record pound sterling75 million ($97 million) move for a defender from Southampton in January 2018.

The Dutch defender faced a massive impact on his knee while playing against local rivals Everton, where Jordan Pickford made a reckless challenge on him.

Midfielder Fabinho can also deputise at centre-back as he did in the win at Chelsea earlier this season.

"And I think the only way, like I said, long-term to deter players from actually putting themselves in the position where they're going to risk an opponent is to actually consider the rule". "Not just because of Van Dijk's injury, Liverpool were weak in that area anyway", added Carragher.

"For Jurgen Klopp and the club, right away it's who can we get in?"

As long as the South American keeper doesn't suffer any set-backs over the coming days, the Echo says Liverpool hope to have Alisson available again for the Premier League clash with West Ham at Anfield on 31st October. In his 95 Premier League starts for Liverpool, they have conceded just 78 goals and kept 44 clean sheets.

Reigning league champions Liverpool are third in the standings after five games, three points behind Everton.

He went for a scan before a specialist confirmed the extent of the injury. "'I can't comment on if Pickford's meant it or not, I think he's an honest lad and I don't think he would have".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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