Van Dijk set for scan on Knee injury

Tanya Simon
October 18, 2020

Virgil van Dijk battling Dominic Calvert-Lewin during his short stay on the pitch during Liverpool's 2-2 draw vs Everton at the Goodison Park.

The Dutch defender was substituted early in the game when Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford made a reckless challenge in the box, which left Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp fuming.

Now, BeIN Sports are reporting that Van Dijk could be out for the rest of the season and this would be a huge blow for Liverpool considering how the Dutchman has changed their fortunes since arriving in 2018.

Everton on Saturday evening, October 17, maintained their leadership position on the Premier League standings despite their 2-2 draw against Liverpool during the Merseyside derby.

The Reds have now confirmed how serious the injury is, in a statement on their website.

Reports have suggested that the £75 million star suffered cruciate knee ligament damage in the Pickford challenge, but Liverpool are reluctant to speculate until he has been fully assessed by a medical professional.

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However, the Reds dropped more than just points as they lost their influential defender Virgil van Dijk to a bad injury in the game.

"Following surgery, Virgil will begin a rehabilitation programme to enable him to reach full fitness as soon as possible".

The former Southampton defender ran onto the ball and Pickford came off his line to beat the centre back to the ball.

The failure of the VAR official, David Coote, to review Pickford's challenge on Van Dijk has angered Liverpool, sources have told ESPN, to the extent that they will demand an explanation from the Professional Game Match Officials Board (PGMOL) - the organisation in charge of referees and VAR.

There was some confusion as to whether or not the goalkeeper still could have been sent off, with far less disagreement about if he should had it been onside.

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