Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is preparing for the worst after Virgil van Dijk appeared to suffer a nasty knee injury in the Merseyside Derby against Everton on Saturday. Van Dijk was taken off early in the 2-2 draw at Goodison Park after being taken out by Jordan Pickford.
Van Dijk was sent off for scans on his knee after the game on Saturday, with reports suggesting he could miss substantial game time.
The Dutch centre-back was waiting at the back post to meet a Fabinho cross, but was cleaned out by Pickford as he attempted to volley the ball.
The Everton goalkeeper caught Van Dijk on his knee, sending him crashing to the floor immediately, and he was clearly in pain.
Klopp was forced to send Joe Gomez on as Van Dijk walked off the pitch and sent to hospital for scans.
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After the game, reports emerged suggesting Van Dijk could have suffered an ACL injury, which could mean he misses the rest of the season.
If he has injured his anterior cruciate ligament, he will likely be forced to miss up to eight months, which would mean the earliest he will return is next June – after the end of the season.
Despite the potential severity of the injury, Pickford evaded punishment for the tackle, with VAR instead determining the defender was stood in an offside position.
And according to The Mirror, Klopp is bracing himself for the worst possible news to come from the scans.
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Liverpool officials remained coy over the injury, but it is expected more will be known today.
If the injury is as bad as currently feared, it will all-but end Van Dijk’s hopes of competing in next summer’s European Championships.
The injury leaves Liverpool light at the back, and means Fabinho could be forced to drop back and cover in the position.
The Brazilian has impressed when he’s been employed there before, but has recently returned to his more natural midfield slot.
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Van Dijk’s wasn’t the only injury Liverpool officials are currently dealing with, either, as Thiago Alcantara was also sent for scans on a potential knee issue.
The Spanish midfielder, playing in the Premier League for just the second time on Saturday, was clattered by Richarlison in a spiteful challenge in the final minutes of the game.
Richarlison dove in with his studs up and caught Thiago on the knee, receiving a straight red for his troubles.
Thiago remained on the pitch for the final few minutes, but afterwards it emerged he had confessed to Klopp about the pain.
Klopp said: “When I left the pitch, Thiago told me in the red card situation with Richarlison he thinks he got injured.
“We will see if it’s true or not, but if he felt like this then we need to have a look.”
Klopp also commented on Van Dijk, saying: I don’t know [how serious it is], I don’t know, but it is not good.
“Virgil played for us I don’t know how many games in a row.
“He plays with pain, he plays with pretty much everything, but he couldn’t play on. That’s not good.”
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