Oct 18 (Reuters) – Liverpool central defender Virgil van Dijk has damaged his ligaments and will undergo surgery after a derby injury against Everton, reigning Premier League champions said on Sunday.
The Dutch player was substituted just minutes before kick-off after a hard tackle from Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford that left Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp furious.
“Liverpool can confirm that Virgil van Dijk will undergo surgery for the knee injury he suffered during Saturday’s 2-2 draw against Everton,” the club said in a statement.
“The central deformer damaged his knee ligaments after an incident involving Blues goalkeeper Jordan Pickford at six minutes at Goodison Park,” he added.
The club did not specify a timeline for the 29-year-old’s return to the courts.
However, it typically takes months to recover from a cruciate ligament injury, which could knock Van Dijk out of the season and also deal a blow to the Netherlands ahead of next year’s Euro.
Liverpool, current Premier League champions, are second in the standings after five games played, three points behind leaders Everton.
(Report by Rohith Nair in Bengaluru, Edited in Spanish by Manuel Farías)