Virgil van Dijk injury: Liverpool’s Premier League title defence suffers huge blow

Dutch defender requires knee surgery and faces many months on the sidelines

Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk was injured following this tackle by Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford
Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk was injured following this tackle by Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford
(Image credit: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Virgil van Dijk has vowed he is “ready for the challenge ahead” after Liverpool confirmed that their star defender will undergo knee surgery following his injury at Everton on Saturday.

Dutch centre-half Van Dijk damaged an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in the early stages of the 2-2 draw at Goodison Park and after the match Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said the initial prognosis of the injury was “not good”.

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