Virgil van Dijk’s horror injury suffered in the Merseyside derby is ‘WORSE than first feared and extends beyond the ACL – meaning Liverpool star won’t return to the pitch until next season’
- Virgil van Dijk was on the end of horror challenge from Jordan Pickford last week
- It was initially reported that centre back may miss season with injury to his ACL
- It has now been claimed that injury is even worse and will leave him out longer
- Van Dijk is expected to undergo surgery soon but Liverpool are remaining coy
The horror injury suffered by Virgil van Dijk in the Merseyside derby is worse than initially feared and extends beyond the anterior cruciate ligament, it has been reported.
Liverpool’s defensive talisman was on the end of a heavy challenge from Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford in Saturday’s derby, and it was initially claimed that he would be struggling to return much before the end of the campaign.
The Athletic’s David Ornstein is now reporting that the injury extends beyond the ACL, meaning Van Dijk will not return until the 2021-22 season.
Virgil van Dijk was on the end of a dangerous challenge from Everton keeper Jordan Pickford
Pickford avoided punishment but it has been claimed Van Dijk will be out until next season
Speaking on his YouTube ‘Ask Ornstein’ feature, Ornstein said: ‘It’s my understanding that the damage to Virgil van Dijk’s right knee is perhaps worse than initially feared and extends beyond the ACL.
‘It would indicate that we won’t see Van Dijk on a pitch until next season. He will now undergo surgery, exactly when we don’t know.’
Liverpool have been keeping Van Dijk’s condition under wraps since the derby on Saturday lunchtime, but it is understood the Dutch centre back is yet to undergo surgery.
It has been reported that Van Dijk’s injury extends further than just the ACL as initially feared
An injury to Van Dijk represents a huge blow for Jurgen Klopp’s hopes of retaining their title
Even more infuriating for Liverpool is the news that rival goalkeeper Pickford has escaped punishment entirely for the horror challenge.
During the game, a narrow offside call spared his blushes and saved him from the potential of being sent off, while in the aftermath it was confirmed that VAR also looked at the challenge and didn’t deem it worthy of further action.
Van Dijk had to come off immediately and it is as yet unclear just how lengthy his absence will be, and how detrimental it will be to Liverpool’s title chances.