Virgil Van Dijk is set to undergo knee surgery after suffering cruciate ligament damage in the Merseyside derby. The 29-year-old  Liverpool defender was unable to continue following a rash challenge by Keeper Jordan Pickford in the first half on Saturday.

Liverpool will have to face the fact of being without Virgil Van Dijk for several months.

After it was confirmed and announced their Key defender requires Knee surgery.

Virgil Van Dijk

The Club didn’t specify a timescale for the 29-year-old defender’s return to action.

However, cruciate ligament injuries normally take months to recover from.

It is certain that Van Dijk is out for the rest of the season.

The club’s medical staff believe his exceptional attitude, behaviour and also his mentality will give him every chance of reducing the lay-off time.

Pickford was saved from getting a penalty and possibly a red card.

Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp questioned why no action was taken against Pickford for his challenge on the Netherlands defender.

Klopp said: ” As for me, it was a clear penalty that I saw, obviously we saw the flag went up, so it was however offside. I still thought it was worth a look on the foul but that didn’t happen.”

Thiago Alcantara was also sent to the hospital for a scan after the match after being injured by a tackle from Richarlison.

Van Dijk, Liverpool Defender, has played in 95 of the 96 Premier League games Liverpool have had since he made his debut in January 2018.

How much Will Liverpool Miss Van Dijk Liverpool Defender?

Van Dijk has always been a key figure for Liverpool since signing for them in January 2018 for £75m

The football player is also a leading figure for the side as they won the Champions League in 2019.

And also the Club World Cup later that year.

He has played every league game for the club for the past two seasons.

Nevertheless, he has also played seven times for the Reds this season prior to the Merseyside derby.

However, the injury will have very massive implications for the Red’s season.

Virgil Van Dijk is their rock at the back, also their organizer. He is irreplaceable. They have to somehow fill that space until he gets back on his feet.

He’s such a big player for the team. Virgil Van Dijk’s absence will leave Jurgen Kloop with Matip and Joe Gomez as his centre backs.

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