Van Dijk suffers serious knee injury in Pickford challenge

2020-10-18 04:05:21 GMT2020-10-18 12:05:21(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

LONDON, Oct. 17 (Xinhua) -- Liverpool could face the rest of the season without key central defender Virgil van Dijk after the Dutchman was tackled by Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford in Saturday's 2-2 draw at Goodison Park.

Van Dijk was substituted and taken to hospital after Pickford's challenge in the sixth minute of the match. The Dutchman was confirmed to have suffered cruciate ligament damage in his right knee.

Although Liverpool have not yet made any statement about Van Dijk's condition, he was pictured leaving hospital on crutches on Saturday evening. In the best scenario he will miss several weeks, but a bad injury could result in him missing the rest of the season.

Speaking after the game, Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp was furious that even though Van Dijk had been ruled offside moments before Pickford's challenge, VAR didn't intervene to punish the Everton keeper, who was not even shown a yellow card.

"We've lost one player in a situation where VAR was not involved. Obviously we saw the flag went up, so offside. I still thought it was worth a look on the foul but that didn't happen," commented Klopp. Enditem