Liverpool’s Virgil Van Dijk to undergo knee surgery after damaging knee ligaments from Jordan Pickford’s reckless challenge in Merseyside derby and no date has been given for centre back’s return
- Virgil Van Dijk injured his knee during Liverpool’s 2-2 draw with Everton
- The Dutchman requires surgery after damaging his anterior cruciate ligament
- The Liverpool man collided with Everton’s Jordan Pickford after just six minutes
The Dutch defender was involved in a collision with Toffees goalkeeper Jordan Pickford after just six minutes of the 2-2 draw at Goodison Park.
The Everton shot stopper received no sanction for the tackle, with Van Dijk deemed in an offside position at the time of the collision, yet the centre-back was forced off the pitch as he was unable to continue.
Virgil Van Dijk requires surgery on his knee after damaging his ACL at Everton on Saturday
A Liverpool statement read: ‘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.’
Match referee Michael Oliver and VAR official David Coote opted not to look into the Pickford tackle as a dangerous challenge.
Liverpool had slammed claims made by beIN Sports presenter Richard Keys on Saturday night that the Dutch centre-half has suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury.
More to follow.