Virgil van Dijk to Undergo Surgery on Knee Injury Suffered Against Everton
Liverpool’s talisman at the heart of defence was substituted in the 11th minute at Goodison Park on Saturday following a horrendous tackle from Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.
Despite being able to walk off the pitch, the injury is worse than first thought.
While the club are not giving a timescale for the injury, the Dutchman could miss the rest of the season.
Speaking after the 2-2 draw at Goodison Park, Reds boss Jurgen Klopp said: “I don’t know [how serious it is], I don’t know, but it is not good.
“Virgil played for us I don’t know how many games in a row. He plays with pain, he plays with pretty much everything, but he couldn’t play on. That’s not good.”
A Huge Blow for Liverpool
With the Dutchman potentially out for the remainder of the season, it represents a huge blow for Liverpool.
The 29-year-old has played a huge part in Liverpool’s transformation since joining the club in 2018. A virtual ever-present, it is his displays that have seen him win the Champions League and Premier League with the Reds, and become one of the best defenders in the world during that time.
Van Dijk has been integral in helping aid Klopp implement the style of play he wants at Anfield. The Dutchman is calm on the ball, but also displays dominant defensive displays near enough every game.
His calmness and dominance on the ball is portrayed in his pass completion rate from last season. In the Premier League, he averaged 85.8 passes per game, completing almost 90%. That record was even better in the Champions League, as Van Dijk averaged 92 passes per game.
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