MU and City are reassured, Liverpool trembles for Virgil van Dijk

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MU and City are reassured, Liverpool trembles for van Dijk


Injured in the knee by a kamikaze outing from Jordan Pickford, Virgil van Dijk could suffer from a rupture of the cruciate ligaments.


Virgil van Dijk leaves the pitch, standing but hit in the knee. (Laurence Griffiths / Pool via AP)


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Virgil van Dijk leaves the pitch, standing but hit in the knee. (Laurence Griffiths / Pool via AP)


Liverpool may have lost Virgil van Dijk for the rest of the season, Saturday afternoon from the first minutes of a committed and panting Mersey derby (2-2). This is the threat that hung over the Reds late Saturday evening, as the great Dutch defender had just left the hospital, on crutches and awaiting exams that could severely handicap the champion in the title race .

According to BeIN Sports, the first auscultations suggested “a rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament”, an injury which generally requires at least seven to nine months of rehabilitation. If this diagnosis were to be confirmed, Virgil van Dijk and the Red People would have the right to curse Jordan Pickford. It is indeed the international goalkeeper Everton who is at the origin of the fateful twist at the end of a kamikaze exit, which was strangely not sanctioned with a red card.

Much more than Jordan Henderson’s goal, canceled in stoppage time for an offside that only the computer could detect, this injury to Virgil van Dijk – if its seriousness were to be confirmed – is a serious stoppage for the Reds. As a reminder, the arrival of the Dutch defender in January 2018 triggered Liverpool’s change and launched its crazy trophy race.

“To be honest, it’s getting harder and harder to bear,” said Jürgen Klopp. For me, it was clearly a penalty, and then we saw the flag rise for offside. I still thought it was worth taking a look at the fault, but it didn’t happen. What can I say ? I don’t want to say Jordan Pickford wanted to do it, but if it’s not an offside, it’s a 100% penalty. ”

On Saturday evening, the two Manchester clubs were reassured after their complicated start to the season. At the end of a shock against Arsenal that started off with a bang but quickly lost in intensity, City provided most of it thanks to a success from Raheem Sterling (1-0). Deprived of Kevin De Bruyne, tired, the Citizen on the other hand welcomed with relief the return of Sergio Agüero, author of sixty minutes very convincing.

Finally Harry Maguire, Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford have undoubtedly saved the head of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on the bench of Manchester United. Yet quickly led to Newcastle and despite a missed penalty (Fernandes), the trio indeed turned the situation around to finally disgust the Magpies (4-1). While Maguire had equalized, Bruno Fernandes scored the goal of the break on a heel from Rashford, which sealed the final score with a frenzied rush.

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