Virgil Van Dijk To Go Under The Knife, Will Miss Rest Of The Season
Liverpool's title hopes have taken a major blow after news that Virgil van Dijk will undergo surgery.
The Dutch defender ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament in the Merseyside derby draw with Everton.
Seen hobbling off after a nasty collision with Toffees shot stopper Jordan Pickford, Reds fans feared the worst for the 2019 UEFA and PFA Player of the Year.
And after the hotly-contested clash, scans confirmed the worst.
The Dutchman had, in fact, ruptured his ACL and will now face up to nine months on the sideline - all but confirming that his season is done and dusted.
The reigning Premier League champions released a statement on their website, saying: "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.
Virgil van Dijk will undergo surgery on the knee injury sustained during Saturday's 2-2 draw at @Everton.- Liverpool FC (@LFC) October 18, 2020
Following surgery, Virgil will begin a rehabilitation programme to enable him to reach full fitness as soon as possible.
You'll come back stronger, @VirgilvDijk :muscle:
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"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."
It's devastating news for the Reds, who remain in third place on the Premier League table - just fourth points behind their undefeated cross-city rivals.
And the injury to 29-year-old van Dijk will certainly give Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp plenty of selection headaches.
While Joe Gomez has emerged as a solid partner for van Dijk, the Englishman has never started at centre back alongside Joel Matip - the man most people are expecting to replace the injured Dutchman.
It remains to be seen whether the Reds can cope without their £75million ($A135m) back-line general.
But if their defensive display after van Dijk's substitution is anything to go by, it doesn't bode well for Klopp and Co.
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