Sport Liverpool can deal with Van Dijk absence, Henderson says

14:10  24 october  2020
14:10  24 october  2020 Source:   reuters.com

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The Reds will have to make without their mainstay in the Premier League for the first time in over two years. Virgil van Dijk has been a constant presence in Liverpool 's backline ever since he joined the Reds in 2018: he played 38 games in both of his full seasons at Anfield.

/ 338593 jordan henderson van dijk keita bayern munich. An ever-present in the Premier League and Champions League to date this season, Van Dijk will miss the first leg of the Reds’ last-16 tie after accumulating three bookings during “Of course he’s a massive miss, a big miss,” the skipper said .

(Reuters) - Liverpool have the quality in their squad to deal with the absence through injury of influential centre back Virgil van Dijk, said skipper Jordan Henderson said.

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Defender Van Dijk damaged knee ligaments after a tackle by Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford in the Merseyside derby at Goodison Park last Saturday.

Writing in Liverpool's matchday programme for Saturday's Premier League game against Sheffield United, Henderson said any team in the world would miss the Dutchman but the champions must not make it a bigger issue than it needs to be.

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With Virgil van Dijk out for months, Jurgen Klopp faces a shortage at centre back (even Out of all the setbacks Liverpool could have faced in their defence of the Premier League title, a season-ending Carragher made a strong case himself in the wake of Van Dijk 's injury, saying : 'It’s devastating for

'I know all about Danny': Virgil van Dijk says he is confident of dealing with the threat of Southampton danger man Ings ahead of his return to Liverpool . The Southampton striker returns to Liverpool in the goal-scoring form of his life. But Van Dijk says he's well aware of his strengths and weaknesses

"I look at the players we have who can play that position and I wouldn't swap them for anyone else. Joe Gomez, Joel Matip and Fabinho are international-quality players who have produced for us as a team time and time again," Henderson wrote.

Video: Liverpool's Van Dijk to undergo knee surgery (Reuters)

"Nat Phillips is nearly back to full fitness and has the making to be a good centre half. Rhys Williams has impressed me with his attitude and mentality. Billy Koumetio and Sepp van den Berg likewise. All learning in the best environment there is.

"Are any of them Virgil van Dijk? No... but they don't need to be. They just need to be themselves and give everything they have for this club, be it in training or when called upon in games. The rest of us have to be there to help."

Reports in the British media have said Van Dijk could be out for up to seven months, but Henderson was more hopeful.

"Virgil will back with us in no time at all. Because he's such an extraordinary professional I know he'll come back not just as good but better," Henderson added.

"When he came to Melwood on Tuesday, he just radiated positivity. And it's on us to take his lead and only think about the positive impact we can have."

(Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by William Mallard)

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Pickford criticism for Van Dijk injury is over the top, says Everton's AncelottiPremier League champions Liverpool confirmed Van Dijk will undergo surgery on damaged knee ligaments following a challenge by Pickford during Saturday's Merseyside derby, which finished in a 2-2 draw.

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