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Sport 'I'll be back': Virgil van Dijk speaks out after serious injury

03:30  19 october  2020
03:30  19 october  2020 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

Campbell questions whether Liverpool's van Dijk is becoming complacent

  Campbell questions whether Liverpool's van Dijk is becoming complacent Van Dijk's outstanding performances in recent seasons have seen him establish himself as one of the best players in the world. However, he was part of the Liverpool side that lost 7-2 to Aston Villa.Van Dijk's outstanding performances in recent seasons have seen him establish himself as one of the best players in the world.

Van Dijk appeared to suffer a nasty hyperextension of his right knee after a thunderous challenge from Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford early in the first The injury to van Dijk will prove to be doubly frustrating for Liverpool as they weren't even awarded a penalty for Pickford's obvious foul, as replays

Virgil Van Dijk was taken off following a challenge by Everton's Jordan Pickford. Liverpool are braced for the worst possible news about Virgil van Dijk after their defensive lynchpin suffered The injury was clearly serious though Liverpool were furious at claims made by presenter Richard Keys

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Virgil van Dijk has vowed to come back better than ever before after Liverpool confirmed the defender needs knee ligament surgery following his injury at Everton.

The centre-back collided with Toffees goalkeeper Jordan Pickford just six minutes into the Merseyside Derby on Saturday afternoon, though the England shot stopper was not punished for what looked like a reckless challenge.

In a statement on Sunday, the Premier League champions did not set a return date for van Dijk, though it is feared the centre-back could be ruled out for most of the current season.

Angered Liverpool want VAR review after Merseyside derby decisions

  Angered Liverpool want VAR review after Merseyside derby decisions Liverpool were left infuriated following their thrilling draw with Everton and want action to be taken, with the pulsating clash having been marred by two glaring moments of controversy.The Premier League champions were left openly infuriated following their thriller with Everton at Goodison Park, with the pulsating clash having been marred by two glaring moments of confusion.

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk 's knee injury is "not good", says Liverpool's claims for a penalty from the incident were turned down as Van Dijk was ruled to be offside Thiago went for a scan along with Van Dijk and, while the club are hopeful his injury is not serious , they will see how it settles.

The captain of the Netherlands national side, Virgil van Dijk , suffered an injury during Saturday's match with Everton, prompting speculations about a looming operation.

a man standing in front of a crowd: Virgil van Dijk vowed to come back stronger as he needs urgent knee ligament surgery © Provided by Daily Mail Virgil van Dijk vowed to come back stronger as he needs urgent knee ligament surgery a person with a football ball: The Dutch defender (left) suffered the serious injury in a collision with Jordan Pickford (right) © Provided by Daily Mail The Dutch defender (left) suffered the serious injury in a collision with Jordan Pickford (right)

In a statement on social media, the Dutchman said: 'This afternoon I met with a leading consultant to start the process of planning the finer details of my rehabilitation following the incident (on Saturday).

'I’m now fully focussed (sic) on my recovery and will do everything I can to be back as quickly as possible.

'Despite the obvious disappointment, I’m a firm believer that within difficulty lies opportunity and with God’s help I’m going to make sure I return better, fitter than ever before.'

Liverpool will be vulnerable without their Van Dijk security blanket

  Liverpool will be vulnerable without their Van Dijk security blanket Jurgen Klopp was fidgety and frustrated and in one of those moods when it is hard to get him to engage. The tipping point came when he was asked about Mohamed Salah scoring his 100th Liverpool goal.The tipping point came when he was asked about Mohamed Salah scoring his 100th Liverpool goal, with a quite beautiful finish. The inquisitor’s intention was to get some kind of positivity from Klopp but this was absolutely not the moment.

[BEIN Sports] Virgil van Dijk has damaged his ACL and could be out for 7/8 months. I mean we’ ll be worse but it’s not like the season is ruined completely. I have faith that Jurgen will rework the system to better suit Gomez and Matip and we’ ll be alright defensively.

Dutchman van Dijk suffered a first-half injury after appearing to hyper-extend his right knee after a strong challenge from Everton and England number one Jordan Pickford which forced Jurgen Klopp to replace his talismanic defender with Joe Gomez after just eleven minutes.

text, letter: The defender posted on social media on Sunday night outlining his plan to return to action © Provided by Daily Mail The defender posted on social media on Sunday night outlining his plan to return to action

Van Dijk has been a pivotal player in Liverpool's rise under Jurgen Klopp and was ever-present for the Reds as they won their first Premier League title in 30 years last season.

The Dutchman, who won the PFA Player of the Year Award in 2019, has not missed a minute of Premier League football in over a year but is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines following this setback.

The defender revealed he will support his team-mates in their Premier League title defence until he can return to the pitch again.

The statement continued: 'In football, as in life, I believe everything happens for a reason and it’s important to try and keep level headed whether going through the highs and lows.

a group of people playing football on a field: Liverpool have not stated when van Dijk will be back but it is feared he could be out for months © Provided by Daily Mail Liverpool have not stated when van Dijk will be back but it is feared he could be out for months Van Dijk was ever-present as Liverpool won their first ever Premier League title last season © Provided by Daily Mail Van Dijk was ever-present as Liverpool won their first ever Premier League title last season

'With the support of my wife, kids, family and everyone at Liverpool, I’m ready for the challenge ahead.

Liverpool without van Dijk - how did that work again?

 Liverpool without van Dijk - how did that work again? Jürgen Klopp has to do without his most important player for months. How is Liverpool dealing with this strange situation? © imago images His failure brings Jürgen Klopp into trouble: Virgil van Dijk on Saturday in the Merseyside Derby. Liverpool FC is so dependent on Virgil van Dijk that they didn't even notice how dependent they are on Virgil van Dijk.

Defender Virgil van Dijk 's knee injury is "not good", according to Liverpool boss manager Jurgen Klopp. Van Dijk was hurt in a heavy challenge by Everton keeper Jordan Pickford in the The Dutch defender was unable to continue and will now see a specialist to discover the full extent of the injury .

Virgil van Dijk was left hobbling from the pitch in the Merseyside derby after a horror challenge Jordan Pickford took a huge gamble in the early stages of the Merseyside derby The goalkeeper came out and clattered Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk

'I’d like to thank everyone for the messages of support, it’s meant a huge amount to me and my family and I’ll now be doing everything possible to support my teammates in any way I can ahead of a big weeks ahead as I take my own recovery day by day. I’ll be back.'

Liverpool players were quick to send messages to the centre-back on social media after the news on social media was announced.

graphical user interface, text, application © Provided by Daily Mail graphical user interface, text, application: Players from Liverpool and also Everton wished van Dijk well in his recovery this season © Provided by Daily Mail Players from Liverpool and also Everton wished van Dijk well in his recovery this season

Reds captain Jordan Henderson posted on Instagram: 'The comeback is always stronger than the set back... recover well my brother, we'll be waiting for you #YNWA'

Liverpool forward Mohammed Salah also wished van Dijk a 'speedy recovery', while injury-prone Everton midfielder Yannick Bolasie also tweeted sympathy towards the Dutch defender.

The winger said: 'I love banter/rivalry at the best of times that’s what football is all about but moments like these we have to set all aside & never wish badness on anyone.

'I’ve been through this myself so I know how he must be feeling right now...Wishing you a speedy recovery @VirgilvDijk.'

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Joe Gomez and Joel Matip have played 229 games at Liverpool between them - but have somehow never lined up together. The pair will battle with Fabinho to fill the void left by Virgil Van Dijk.The German has been left with selection headaches following the news that Virgil Van Dijk is likely to miss the season with an ACL injury in a clash with Jordan Pickford during the Merseyside derby.

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