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Huge blow for Liverpool as extent of Van Dijk injury confirmed

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Virgil Van Dijk will undergo surgery. He has suffered a tear to his anterior cruciate ligament.

Van Dijk had to be substituted in the first half of the Merseyside derby on Saturday after being taken out by a rash challenge from Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford. The club have not confirmed how long he will be out for, but he could miss the rest of the season.

It comes as another blow to Liverpool, who are already without first-choice goalkeeper Alisson Becker due to an injury of his own.

A Liverpool statement read: “Liverpool FC can confirm Virgil van Dijk will undergo surgery on the knee injury he sustained during Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Everton.

“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.”

Source: Liverpool ECHO/ *Join us on Telegram!

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