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Liverpool confirm Virgil Van Dijk needs knee surgery with long rehabilitation period expected

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Liverpool face the prospect of being without Virgil Van Dijk for several months after it was confirmed their key defender requires knee surgery – but they are reluctant to rule him out for the season.

“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,” a club statement said.



News of anterior cruciate ligament damage to the 29-year-old, sustained in a controversial high challenge by Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford in Saturday’s 2-2 Merseyside derby draw, is the nightmare scenario for the Reds.



Conflicting versions of events, it is understood, have left Liverpool officials deeply troubled.

“Joe Gomez played a sensational game, a good game.

Liverpool are also understood to be concerned by the confusing and contradictory messaging emanating from the Premier League.

Not only does the injury rob them of one of their most influential players for the majority of their Premier League title defence, but also leaves Liverpool with just two senior centre-backs in Joel Matip, who has been plagued by niggling injuries himself, and Joe Gomez.
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