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Virgil van Dijk being consulted with a doctor after his injury during Liverpool's 2-2 draw with Everton

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Liverpool will be aiming to sign a new centre-back after the injury to Virgil van Dijk. The Dutchman has been ruled out for the rest of the season after a challenge from Jordan Pickford in the Merseyside derby.

The Reds have been told Leicester star Wesley Fofana is ‘the next Virgil van Dijk’. Jurgen Klopp has used a number of players in Van Dijk’s position already, including Fabinho, Rhys Williams and Nat Phillips.

Watford striker Troy Deeney has explained how Fofana is the perfect replacement for Van Dijk – because he is exactly like the 29-year-old.

He told talkSPORT: “I think Fofana, the centre-half, at 19 is showing very similar [qualities] to what [Virgil] van Dijk did when he came down from Celtic to Southampton. I think in maybe two years’ time one of the big boys will try and buy him.”


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