Virgil van Dijk: Defender ruled out for rest of the season with injury

Virgil van Dijk: Defender ruled out for rest of the season with injury

- Liverpool confirmed Virgil van Dijk will need a surgery following his collision with Jordan Pickford

- It is understood the defender damaged his anterior cruciate ligament which could keep him out of action for at least five months

- Joseph Gomez, who replaced him during the Merseyside derby after the injury could be drafted in to take his place going forward

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Liverpool have been dealt a huge blow after scans establishing Virgil van Dijk will require a surgery after he picked a knee injury during the Merseyside derby.

Virgil van Dijk: Defender all but ruled out for rest of the season with ACL
It is understood the defender damaged his anterior cruciate ligament which could keep him out of action for at least five months. Photo: Getty Images.
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The centre-back did not last long during the tense Saturday, October 17, clash and had to be withdrawn just minutes into the match.

Van Dijk sustained the injury after a reckless tackle from Everton keeper Jordan Pickford, with Liverpool confirming the defender damaged his anterior cruciate ligament.

Whereas a club statement released on Sunday, October 18, did not provide a time frame on when Van Dijk will be expected to return to action, itis understood that the Dutchman is unlikely to feature again.

On his part, the Netherlands international has said he hopes to return to action soon enough.

Virgil van Dijk: Defender all but ruled out for rest of the season with ACL
Liverpool confirmed Virgil van Dijk will need a surgery following his collision with Jordan Pickford. Photo by Catherine Ivill
Source: Getty Images

His absence is expected to have a significant impact on Liverpool's performances going forward owing to the Dutchman's integral role in the squad.

Van Dijk has been a mainstay player since his arrival at Anfield from Southampton back in January 2018.

He played a pivotal part in the Reds' Champions League and Premier League triumph during the 2019/20 campaign.

Meanwhile, MailOnline reports Pickford has attempted to reach out to Van Dijk but he is yet to speak to him.

He, however, did speak to Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson immediately after the match, pleading to help him extend his apologies to the former Southampton star.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had eearlier reported that Virgil van Dijk has broken his silence after he suffered a potentially season-ending injury during Liverpool's derby clash against Everton on Saturday, October 17.

The towering defender had to be withdrawn after just 10 minutes of action following a reckless challenge from Everton keeper Jordan Pickford.

He was later rushed to the hospital, with the club later confirming the Dutchman suffered damaged knee ligaments and will require surgery.

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