LIVERPOOL – Liverpool leading centre-back Virgil van Dijk could be out for eight months after suffering an injury during the Merseyside derby, according to BeIN Sports on Saturday.
Van Dijk was forced off the field in the 11th minute of the clash after an awful, controversial challenge from Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.
He was able to walk off the pitch on his own, but it is believe the player travelled to hospital later in the afternoon to undergo a scan.
“Information that we’re receiving is that he has done his anterior cruciate ligament,” Richard Keys reported on BeIN Sports on Saturday evening.
“He’ll be out for the best part of seven or eight months if that is the case.”
It is reported that the Holland international ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament at Goodison Park.
If it is true that Van Dijk suffered an ACL injury, Liverpool will be force to go into the transfer market.
Reds boss Jurgen Klopp confirmed the club are waiting to discover the extent of injury, but the German admits that “it is not good.”
“I don’t know [how serious it is], I don’t know, but it is not good,” Klopp said when asked about Van Dijk’s injury.
“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.”
Klopp also gave an update on the injury of midfielder Thiago Alcantara, who came under a heavy challenge from Richarlison in stoppage-time of the game. Richarlison was shown a straight red card.
“When I left the pitch, Thiago told me in the red card situation with Richarlison he thinks he got injured,” Klopp said.
“We will see if it’s true or not, but if he felt like this then we need to have a look.”
The Merseyside derby ended 2-2 following a late VAR drama.