Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk is ready to endure surgical procedure on a broken anterior cruciate ligament after Jordan Pickford’s horror sort out within the Merseyside derby on Saturday.
It’s not but clear how lengthy the 29-year-old might be unavailable for though the Reds are more likely to be with out their influential centre-half for the remainder of the Premier League marketing campaign.
The information, which comes after Van Dijk went for scans at hospital on Saturday after which had a specialist session on Sunday, is a big blow to Liverpool’s hopes of retaining their title.
The Dutchman has been a serious a part of their Champions League and Premier League success previously two seasons.
Earlier than going off within the first 10 minutes at Goodison Park, Van Dijk had not missed a minute of motion in England’s prime flight since January 2018.
Signed for £75million from Southampton two years in the past, the Netherlands captain was named PFA Gamers’ Participant of the 12 months for the 2018-19 season and has been within the Premier League Staff of the 12 months in each of the final two seasons.
Joel Matip and Joe Gomez are anticipated to be Liverpool’s first-choice pairing at centre-back any further.
They’re Liverpool’s solely pure senior centre-halves however Fabinho may be deployed on the coronary heart of the back-line whereas Nat Phillips and Billy Koumetio might additionally get minutes this time period.
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