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Virgil van Dijk injury: Liverpool star to undergo surgery after tearing ligament at Pickford challenge



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Liverpool star defender Virgil van Dijk will undergo surgery to repair damaged knee ligaments, the club announced on Sunday. The Dutch international is reportedly tearing his ACL after an ugly, controversial challenge by Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford on Saturday. The star was ruled out for offside as he tried to get a touch on a dangerous ball in the box when Pickford came out and crashed into his leg.

Van Dijk was able to walk off the field, but his ACL is torn, according to beIN Sports.

Van Dijk will start a rehabilitation program with the club̵

7;s medical team after the operation. Reds manager Jurgen Klopp spoke after Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Goodison Park and was very worried about his ironman defender.

“I do not know [how serious it is]I do not know, but it is not good, “said Klopp. Virgil played for us. I do not know how many games in a row. He plays with pain, he plays with pretty much everything, but he could not play on. It is not good.”

Saturday marked the first time van Dijk missed a minute of a Premier League match since being subbed out of a September 2018 match against Southampton. Prior to the Pickford Challenge, he had played every minute of Liverpool’s 74 previous league games.

Not having him would be a huge blow to their title chances this season. The reigning Premier League champions are also just two seasons removed from winning the Champions League and again look like challengers. This injury likely means Joel Matip and Joe Gomez will be the starting midfielders going forward.

Liverpool begin their UEFA Champions League campaign against Ajax on Wednesday (on CBS All Access) and face Sheffield United next weekend in the Premier League.




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