Virgil van Dijk ‘could be out for the rest of the SEASON after suffering anterior cruciate ligament injury in his knee after horror challenge from Jordan Pickford’ in Liverpool’s Merseyside derby draw at Everton

  • Virgil Van Dijk was taken off following a challenge by Everton’s Jordan Pickford   
  • The horror challenge went unpunished by referee and VAR during the 2-2 draw
  • Van Dijk has reportedly suffered an injury which could rule him out for the year
  • The news would be a bitter blow to Liverpool’s Premier League title defence 

Virgil Van Dijk could miss the rest of the season after he has reportedly suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury during the Merseyside derby.

The Dutchman was forced off after a horror challenge from goalkeeper Jordan Pickford during Liverpool’s 2-2 draw with Everton.

And it has been reported by beIn Sports that Van Dijk could be out for the year, in what would be a huge blow to Liverpool’s title defence aspirations.   

Virgil Van Dijk could reportedly miss the season due to his injury suffered against Everton

Virgil Van Dijk could reportedly miss the season due to his injury suffered against Everton

Jordan Pickford somehow went unpunished for this rash challenge on Liverpool's centre-back

Jordan Pickford somehow went unpunished for this rash challenge on Liverpool’s centre-back

Van Dijk was replaced by Joe Gomez, and the Dutchman was able to walk off the pitch

Van Dijk was replaced by Joe Gomez, and the Dutchman was able to walk off the pitch 

Presenter Richard Keys said: ‘The information we are receiving is that he’s done his anterior cruciate ligament and if that is the case – well I say he’s done, with the incident with Jordan Pickford – and he will miss seven to eight months if that is the case.’

It has been reported that following the game Van Dijk was taken to the hospital for a scan on his knee along with midfielder Thiago.

The Spaniard who made his first start since joining from Bayern Munich, was on the end of a brutal challenge from Richarlison, who unlike Pickford, was sent off for his dangerous tackle. 

An injury to Van Dijk would be a huge blow for Liverpool's hopes of retaining their title

An injury to Van Dijk would be a huge blow for Liverpool’s hopes of retaining their title

It is not yet been reported as to the extent of Thiago’s injury, but the midfielder also complained about his knee. 

Van Dijk’s potential ACL injury would be a huge blow to Liverpool’s chances of retaining the Premier League. 

It would leave Jurgen Klopp’s side with just two senior centre-backs in Joe Gomez and Joel Matip – who both have had their fair share of injury problems in recent seasons.

Liverpool also have midfielder Fabinho who has been played in defence on a number of occasions including the recent 2-0 win over Chelsea.

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