Sport Van Dijk undergoes successful surgery on knee injury
Jordan Henderson vows to support stricken Virgil van Dijk
The Liverpool captain insists he will be there to support Virgil van Dijk during this 'difficult' time but has has called on his players to continue to 'fight for trophies' without him.Van Dijk is expected to miss the rest of the season after sustaining knee ligament damage during Saturday's Merseyside derby draw with Everton, but Henderson is adamant he will 'come back stronger'.
Virgil van Dijk has undergone successful surgery on the knee injury that could see him miss the remainder of the 2020-21 season.
Centre-back Van Dijk damaged ligaments in the early stages of the Merseyside derby on October 17 following a challenge from Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.
The Netherlands international had a planned operation on Friday to repair the damage, Liverpool announced. The club also again reiterated in a statement that there is no timetable for his return.
"Van Dijk will now immediately focus on the beginning of his rehabilitation with the support of the Reds' medical department," the Premier League champions said.
Pickford 'really sad' over Van Dijk injury but did not mean to hurt him, insists Ancelotti
Carlo Ancelotti has rejected any suggestion Jordan Pickford's tackle on Virgil van Dijk in the Merseyside derby was premeditated.The reigning Premier League champions face the prospect of being without the centre-back for the majority of the season after he damaged knee ligaments during the Merseyside derby.
The former Celtic and Southampton player was pivotal in helping Liverpool end their 30-year wait to be crowned domestic champions again, scoring five goals as he played in all 38 league games last season.
Van Dijk: Klopp with a strange jail comparison
Jürgen Klopp is still affected due to the serious injury of Virgil van Dijk. The Liverpool FC coach sees himself as a waiting wife. © Provided by sport1.de Van Dijk: Klopp with a strange jail comparison The serious knee injury of his defensive star Virgil van Dijk is still bothering Jürgen Klopp. When asked about the 29-year-old Dutchman's downtime, the team manager of English football champions Liverpool FC has no answer. "We don't want to know, to be honest.
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Van Dijk's absence has been further compounded by injuries to team-mates Joel Matip and Fabinho, the latter having been pushed back to play in defence due to a lack of alternative options available to Jurgen Klopp.
Brazilian Fabinho came off with a hamstring issue during the first half of the Champions League victory over Midtjylland on Tuesday.
Rhys Williams came on to partner Joe Gomez and the teenager could be set for a Premier League debut when Liverpool host West Ham on Saturday.
The Hammers have suffered an injury setback of their own, however; Michail Antonio will miss the game at Anfield with a hamstring problem.
Antonio has scored 11 goals in his past 13 Premier League games and has managed 39 in the competition in total. Only three players - Paolo Di Canio (47), Mark Noble (46) and Carlton Cole (41) - have registered more for the club in the competition.
Ederson defends Jordan Pickford after Virgil van Dijk tackle .
Pickford did not receive any punishment for the tackle but was severely criticised - yet City keeper Ederson emphasised that injuries can happen when decisions are made in split-seconds on the pitch. © Provided by Daily Mail Manchester City keeper has defended Jordan Pickford after his tackle on Virgil van Dijk © Provided by Daily Mail The Everton man clattered into the Liverpool defender, who underwent ACL surgery last week 'First and foremost, I don't think any player steps on the pitch looking to injure an opponent,' the Brazilian said, as reported by Goal, ahead of taking on Liverpool on Sunday.