Liverpool centre-back Virgil van Dijk needs to return stronger after studying he wants surgical procedure on the knee harm he sustained within the 2-2 draw at Everton.
The 29-year-old Netherlands defender was unable to proceed following a rash problem by Toffees keeper Jordan Pickford within the first half on Saturday.
It’s unclear how lengthy the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) harm will preserve him out for.
“I am prepared for the problem forward,” he mentioned in a publish on social media.
The previous Celtic and Southampton centre-back went for a scan earlier than a specialist confirmed the extent of the injury.
“I am now totally centered on my restoration and can do all the things I can to be again as quickly as attainable,” mentioned the Dutchman.
“Regardless of the plain disappointment, I am a agency believer that inside problem lies alternative, and with God’s assist I am going to verify I return higher, fitter and stronger than ever earlier than.
“In soccer, as in life, I believe all the things occurs for a cause and it is vital to attempt to preserve level-headed whether or not going by way of the highs and lows.”
Returning to motion after ACL surgical procedure can take many months and Liverpool are refusing to specify how lengthy the Dutchman will likely be out for till after his operation.
Surgical procedure is not going to be speedy and the operation has but to be organized.
Membership sources are reluctant to rule out a return to motion this season, as a lot will rely upon his rehabilitation.
Van Dijk has been a key determine for Liverpool since signing for them in January 2018 for £75m.
He performed each league sport for the membership previously two seasons as Liverpool completed second in 2018-19 earlier than profitable their first top-flight title in 30 years in 2019-20.
The Dutchman was additionally a number one determine for the facet as they gained the Champions League in 2019 and the Membership World Cup later that 12 months.
He had performed seven occasions for the Reds this season previous to the Merseyside derby.
Response – ‘It’ll hinder Liverpool’s title defence’
The harm can have “huge implications” for Liverpool’s season, in keeping with BBC pundit Chris Sutton, who gained the Premier League as a striker for Blackburn in 1994.
“He’s their rock on the again, their organiser. Merely put, he’s irreplaceable. They’ll should by some means fill that void. He’s such a giant participant for them,” he mentioned.
Van Dijk’s absence will depart supervisor Jurgen Klopp with Joe Gomez and Joel Matip as his major centre-backs in addition to the inexperienced Nathaniel Phillips, Rhys Williams and Sepp van den Berg.
Gomez and Matip have by no means began a match collectively as centre-backs for Liverpool. Earlier than Saturday’s Merseyside derby, the final time they each performed in that place for any a part of a sport was the final hour of the 4-1 defeat by Tottenham in October 2017 at Wembley
Midfielder Fabinho deputised at centre-back within the win at Chelsea earlier this season.
“We cannot know till the top of the season how a lot affect it can have on the Liverpool squad. There will likely be a way of togetherness. It’ll undoubtedly hinder their defence of the title,” mentioned former Liverpool defender Stephen Warnock on BBC Radio 5 stay.
“It is that outdated cliche: ‘Let’s win it for Virgil and ensure we’ve got one thing to rejoice on the finish of the season.’
“However when you find yourself within the altering room, you look throughout and you have not bought Virgil van Dijk – this massive colossus of a participant. Defensively when issues are going nicely and also you flip again and see Van Dijk, it is okay. Now you flip again and he is not there.
“It is not being disrespectful to the gamers which might be in there however he’s their primary centre-back – somebody who has carried out to such a excessive stage since he has come into the soccer membership.”
Along with Liverpool, the Netherlands will likely be protecting their fingers crossed he will likely be match to participate within the postponed Euro 2020, which is now set to happen from 11 June to 11 July 2021.
BBC Sport’s Simon Stone
That is really horrible information for Liverpool.
The Premier League champions is probably not placing a timescale on Virgil van Dijk’s possible absence however within the quick time period, they do not actually should.
Few gamers have returned from cruciate ligament surgical procedure inside six months – and relying on the precise extent of the injury, it could possibly be longer.
Even a six-month absence would preserve Van Dijk out till the again finish of April. Successfully, it means Jurgen Klopp should do with out his defensive talisman and 2019 PFA Participant of the 12 months for the remainder of the season.
It’ll stretch Liverpool’s defensive assets – and Matip and Gomez have a giant job forward of them in a season during which the bodily calls for will likely be like no different given the lowered period of time the marketing campaign is being performed over.
The information will frustrate Liverpool even additional as a result of Everton keeper Pickford escaped punishment for the horrible sort out that inflicted the injury. Liverpool didn’t even get a free-kick.