Out! Van Dijk faces lengthy lay-off as Liverpool confirm knee surgery

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Everton goalkeeper Pickford clattered into Liverpool defender van Dijk on Saturday, with the Dutchman suffering an anterior cruciate ligament injury as a result.

Liverpool's injured Virgil van Dijk (C) walks past Everton's manager Carlo Ancelotti (R) during the Premier League match between Everton FC and Liverpool FC at Goodison Park in Liverpool, Britain, on October 17, 2020.

"The centre-back damaged knee ligaments following an incident involving Blues goalkeeper Jordan Pickford after six minutes at Goodison Park".

Van Dijk had to be substituted early in the first half after being taken out by a unsafe tackle from Everton keeper Jordan Pickford, who escaped a red card following a VAR review.

Zlatan's former United teammate Marcos Rojo and Borussia Dortmund talisman Marco Reus also endured the same season-ending injury, but both failed to rediscover their fine form after returning to action.

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It will at the very least be months before Liverpool's talismanic presence at the back returns from injury, leaving Jurgen Klopp with a major problem to solve to keep the Reds' season on track.

"I wish you a speedy recovery big man", tweeted Liverpool's top scorer Mohamed Salah.

The 29-year-old Netherlands defender was unable to continue following a rash challenge by Toffees keeper Jordan Pickford in the first half.

Midfielder Fabinho can also deputise at centre-back as he did in the win at Chelsea earlier this season. "Not just because of Van Dijk's injury, Liverpool were weak in that area anyway", added Carragher.

Without the Frenchman, City's title defence imploded paving the way for Liverpool to cruise to the league title by 18 points. In his 95 Premier League starts for Liverpool, they have conceded just 78 goals and kept 44 clean sheets.

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Robertson actually didn't see the challenge from the Everton goalkeeper.

He went for a scan before a specialist confirmed the extent of the injury.

"I really do think that if that's the case, the powers that be have got to look at, maybe as a deterrent, how long the player you tackle is out, whether you meant it or not, is how long will be suspended".

Liverpool's official website confirmed the update, and since then have caused an uproar validating the fact how important Van Dijk is to the Reds.

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