Virgil van Dijk injury update, surgery detail and potential recovery time

Virgil van Dijk of Liverpool is tackled by Jordan Pickford of Everton which led to Virgil van Dijk being substituted for an injury during the Premier League match between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park on October 17, 2020 in Liverpool, England.

Virgil van Dijk is extremely unlikely to play again for Liverpool this season.

The Dutch defender, 28, is set to undergo surgery after suffering a severe knee injury during last week’s 2-2 draw with Everton.

Van Dijk, who had not missed a minute of a Premier League match since September 2018, before being substituted in the Merseyside derby, is now set to undergo surgery to repair his damaged ACL.

A number of Liverpool players have spoken about their unhappiness at the challenge from Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, which led to Van Dijk’s injury.

Gini Wijnaldum, Van Dijk's international teammate, labelled Pickford "stupid".

There has also been plenty of fallout behind the scenes, with Liverpool contacting the Premier League in the aftermath of the clash at Goodison Park, requesting a review of the use of VAR throughout the game.

Now, as Liverpool look to retain their Premier League title and reclaim the Champions League, they face going through the full campaign without their defensive rock.

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