Sports Liverpool fearing the worst over Van Dijk injury with Thiago's status also a concern

08:20  18 october  2020
08:20  18 october  2020 Source:   sportingnews.com

Not so scary anymore: Defensive woes shattering Liverpool's air of invincibility

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An injury to Van Dijk would be a huge blow for Liverpool 's hopes of retaining their title. It is not yet been reported as to the extent of Thiago ' s injury , but the Liverpool also have midfielder Fabinho who has been played in defence on a number of occasions including the recent 2-0 win over Chelsea.

Liverpool face an anxious wait on the fitness of star defender Virgil van Dijk and summer import Thiago after they were both taken to hospital with suspected knee injuries in the wake of Saturday' s Liverpool and VAR are at it again, as Pickford avoids a red card for a horrendous tackle on Van Dijk .

Liverpool face an anxious wait to discover the extent of Virgil van Dijk’s knee injury, amid fears the Dutchman is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

Van Dijk was forced off just 11 minutes into the Reds’ 2-2 draw at Everton on Saturday, following a reckless challenge from Blues goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.

He was sent for a hospital scan immediately after the game, with Liverpool’s medical staff concerned at the possibility of serious ligament damage.

Club sources insist there have been no scan results at this stage, but beIN SPORTS reported during the Manchester City-Arsenal game that Van Dijk had ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament, and could face a spell of seven to eight months out of action. Liverpool were left deeply unimpressed by that report, making their feelings known to the Qatar-based broadcaster.

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Both Liverpool defender Van Dijk and midfielder Thiago have gone for scans on suspected knee injuries following incidents involving Jordan Pickford and Richarlison.

Van Dijk and Thiago both sent to hospital for scans after brutal derby draw. "I don't want to say Jordan Pickford wanted to do it but it is not a challenge how a "Virgil played I don't know how many games in a row, he plays with pain, but he couldn't play on and that' s not good." Liverpool are also said to have

Reds captain Jordan Henderson revealed that Pickford, who was not even booked for the challenge, had sought him out at the final whistle, asking him to pass on an apology to Van Dijk.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, though, was unamused at the refusal of VAR to intervene and issue the England goalkeeper a red card. Indeed, it emerged later that Liverpool had contacted the Premier League asking them to review the application of VAR in the game, having been further incensed at seeing a late winning goal, scored by Henderson, ruled out for a questionable offside against Sadio Mane.

On the Van Dijk incident, Klopp said: “In the game, it was pretty quick. For me, it was a clear penalty what I saw and then obviously we saw that the flag went up, so offside. I still thought it's worth to have a look on the foul but that didn't happen.

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  'I'm going to return better, fitter and stronger' - Van Dijk vows to bounce back from ACL injury The defender has taken to social media to thank supporters and revealed that he has already begun his rehabilitation process with a specialistThe defender had to be helped from the field inside the opening quarter-hour of his side's 2-2 draw with Everton following a challenge from Toffees goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.

Virgil van Dijk was injured in a challenge by Jordan Pickford. Liverpool were leading 1-0 when Everton goalkeeper Pickford injured Van Dijk in a challenge that led to the Liverpool defender being substituted. Huw, Cardiff: "That offside freeze-frame isn't even the moment it left Thiago ' s foot!

Liverpool played a 2-2 draw with Everton in the first Merseyside derby of the season on Saturday. However, Liverpool were denied the bragging rights as VAR disallowed the goal because Sadio Mane, who provided the assist Speaking about Virgil van Dijk and Thiago Alcantara injuries , Klopp said

“We have no power there, we just sit here and now you discuss it with me. We have to ask other people about that.

“What can I say? I don't want to say Jordan Pickford wanted to do it but it's, of course, not a challenge how a goalie can do it in the box because there's another player. If it's not offside, it's 100 per cent a penalty. So it's nothing, that's all.”

a group of men playing a game of football: Virgil van Dijk Jordan Pickford Everton Liverpool 2020-21 © Provided by Sporting News Virgil van Dijk Jordan Pickford Everton Liverpool 2020-21

Liverpool also have concerns over the fitness of midfielder Thiago Alcantara, who was on the end of a wild challenge from Everton forward Richarlison in the closing stages of Saturday’s game.

Thiago was able to finish the game, with Richarlison, who was shown a straight red card, later tweeting an apology to the former Bayern Munich man . But afterwards Klopp revealed the 29-year-old had complained of pain.

“When I left the pitch, Thiago told me in the red card situation with Richarlison he thinks he got injured,” Klopp said. “We will see if it’s true or not, but if he felt like this then we need to have a look.”

Van Dijk needs right knee surgery, set for long absence

  Van Dijk needs right knee surgery, set for long absence LIVERPOOL, England — Liverpool's hopes of retaining the Premier League title took a major hit Sunday when the champions announced Virgil van Dijk requires surgery on his right knee after damaging ligaments in a challenge by Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford during the Merseyside derby. Liverpool did not give a timescale on Van Dijk's absence, but an injury of that nature will likely keep the Netherlands international out for a long period. “Following surgery,” Liverpool said, “Van Dijk will begin a rehabilitation program with the club’s medical team to enable him to reach full fitness as soon as possible.

Liverpool : Adrian, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, van Dijk , Robertson, Henderson, Fabinho, Thiago , Salah, Firmino, Mane. It was also a good day for Everton, who won the game 2-0 at a canter. Tim Cahill and Mikel Arteta scored the goals as chants of “Going down, going down, going down” rang around

Thiago Alcantara made his first start and cut through Everton with his passes. Lucky to escape red for his early bad foul on van Dijk and even luckier when Henderson’ s “winner” was ruled out. Over -worked in midfield but put in a solid shift and one of the few Everton players able to pass around

To lose either, of course, would be a huge blow to Liverpool’s ambitions this season. Van Dijk had, prior to Saturday, played every minute of the Reds’ last 74 Premier League matches, becoming a totemic presence since his £75 million move from Southampton in January 2018.

Without him, Liverpool would have to rely on Joe Gomez and Joel Matip as their only specialist senior centre-backs. Matip himself only returned from a hamstring problem against Everton, emerging unscathed after his first 90-minute outing in almost a year, while Gomez too has a history of injury issues and has not been at his best so far this season.

Fabinho is another option, though the Brazilian’s importance in midfield is significant too, especially if Thiago were to miss any period of time. Liverpool also have Nat Phillips, the 23-year-old who spent last season on loan with Stuttgart in 2.Bundesliga, and teenagers Rhys Williams, Sepp van den Berg and Billy Koumetio as emergency options.

Williams, 19, featured in the Carabao Cup games against Lincoln and Arsenal last month, while Van den Berg made four cup appearances last season.

Koumetio, the youngest of all at 17, has made a big impression since being asked to train with the senior squad at their pre-season camp in Austria, but is yet to make his professional debut.

Liverpool's Fabinho ruled out vs. West Ham .
Liverpool will be without Fabinho for Saturday's Premier League tilt with West Ham United due to a hamstring injury, manager Jurgen Klopp has confirmed. While the timeframe for his return remains uncertain, Klopp suggests the Brazilian - who has filled in at center-back for the injured Virgil van Dijk - could be sidelined beyond this weekend's contest. “Fab is not in, that's clear. He got a little injury and so he will be out for the weekend and probably slightly longer," Klopp said."That’s one thing, but all the others who are fit will be in contention, either on the pitch or on the bench and coming on.

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