Liverpool have Virgil van Dijk fear amid rumours Reds star out for season with ACL injury

Liverpool are concerned that Virgil van Dijk faces a lengthy spell out on the sidelines amid suggestions the Dutchman has ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament. The Reds have yet to get the results of a scan on the defender’s knee as they sweat on his diagnosis.

Van Dijk was cropped by Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford and was forced off inside after 11 minutes of the 2-2 Goodison Park draw on Saturday afternoon.

The 29-year-old limped off the pitch but was spotted later leaving hospital on crutches, with some claims that he faces spending the rest of the season on the sidelines.

BeIN SPORTS host Richard Keys claimed on Saturday evening: “The information that we are receiving is that he has done his anterior cruciate ligament.

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“If that is the case, well I say he’s done, in that incident with Jordan Pickford, he will be out for 7-8 months if that is the case.”

But the Liverpool Echo say the Premier League champions do not yet know the full extent of the Dutch skipper’s injury.

However, while they are still waiting on results, it is claimed Liverpool are fearful they will not be positive and that Van Dijk could be out for a significant period of time.

The club have not officially commented on the matter but early signs are not good.

The former Celtic and Southampton centre-half missed his first Premier League minutes since January 2018 at Everton having played every minute of the past two campaigns.

And being without the Netherlands international for several months would put a serious dent in Liverpool’s hopes of winning the league for a second straight season and competing for silverware in cup competitions.

Meanwhile, Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson revealed after the final whistle that his England team-mate Pickford asked him to apologise to Van Dijk.

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The Everton shot-stopper caught Van Dijk’s knee in an x-rated scissor challenge that could have seen him sent off were the Liverpool defender not adjudged by VAR to have been offside moments earlier.

Henderson told BT Sport: “Everyone keeps asking us about it so I’m guessing it’s a red card. It mustn’t be a good challenge.

“To be fair, Jordan came up and apologised to me after the game and [told me] to tell Virgil.

“It mustn’t be great. But yeah, not just that incident, we created so many good chances to score and overall we should’ve won the game.”

But Jurgen Klopp was fuming that keeper Pickford was not booked for the incident.

He said: “I don’t know [about Van Dijk’s injury]. It’s not good. Virgil played 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.

“I haven’t seen it [the Pickford tackle] again. Only in the game, and for me it was a clear penalty, what I saw.

“Obviously, we saw the flag went up for offside. I still thought it was worth having a look for the foul but that didn’t happen.

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“We have no power there. We just sit here and we discuss it. We have to ask other people about that, not me.

“I don’t want to say Jordan Pickford wanted to do it but it is of course not a challenge how a goalie can do it in the box because there is another player.

“If it’s not offside it’s a 100 per cent penalty. And so it’s nothing.”

Liverpool are also awaiting results on whether or not Thiago Alcantara faces a spell out injured after the Spaniard was brought down by a vicious Richarlison challenge.

The Brazilian has since apologised on social media for the stoppage-time tackle that saw him given a straight red card.

Thiago complained of a knee problem afterwards and Liverpool will hope their summer signing’s issue is not too serious after a brilliant display at Goodison.

The duo are certain to be absent from the midweek trip to Ajax in the Champions League at the very least.

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