Liverpool star defender Virgil van Dijk will undergo surgery to fix damaged knee ligaments, the club announced Sunday. The Dutch international reportedly tore his ACL after a nasty, controversial challenge by Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford on Saturday. The star used to be ruled offside as he attempted to receive a touch on a dangerous ball in the box when Pickford came out and crashed into his legs.
Van Dijk used to be ready to walk off the pitch but his ACL is torn, according to beIN Sports.
Van Dijk will begin a rehabilitation program with the club’s medical team after surgery. Reds manager Jurgen Klopp spoke after Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Goodison Park and used to be very concerned with his ironman defender.
“I have no idea [how serious it is], I have no idea, but it isn’t good,” Klopp said. “Virgil played for us I don’t know the way many games in a row. He plays with pain, he plays with pretty much everything, but he couldn’t play on. That isn’t good.”
Saturday marked the first time van Dijk has missed a minute of a Premier League match since he used to be subbed out of a September 2018 match against Southampton. Before the Pickford challenge, he had played each and every minute of Liverpool’s preceding 74 league matches.
Not having him would be a enormous blow to their title chances this season. The reigning Premier League champs are also just two seasons removed from winning the Champions League and appear to be contenders once again. This injury likely means Joel Matip and Joe Gomez would be the starting center backs moving forward.
Liverpool begin their UEFA Champions League crusade against Ajax on Wednesday (on CBS All Access) and face Sheffield United next weekend in the Premier League.