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Liverpool confirm Virgil van Dijk has suffered knee ligament damage following horror Jordan Pickford tackle and faces months on sidelines

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Liverpool have confirmed Virgil van Dijk has suffered damage to his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), leaving their influential defender facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

The Dutchman suffered the serious knee injury as a result of a horror challenge from Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford in the 2-2 draw in Saturday’s Merseyside derby.

A statement from the club read: “Liverpool FC can confirm Virgil van Dijk will undergo surgery on the knee injury he sustained during Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Everton.

Van Dijk went to hospital on Sunday where he underwent scans to determine the extent of the injury and it has now been confirmed that he has suffered ACL damage.

“The centre-back damaged knee ligaments following an incident involving Blues goalkeeper Jordan Pickford after six minutes at Goodison Park.

Pickford, the England No.1, was fortunate to escape a red card after scything Van DIjk down in the box.

“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.” Liverpool are more hopeful summer signing Thiago Alcantara, who also had a scan on a knee late on Saturday after the high tackle which saw Richarlison sent off, is not serious.
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