Wednesday, October 21

Hard blow for Liverpool (and the Netherlands), Van Dijk has crossed paths

Van Dijk will miss long months of competition with Liverpool. – NEW CHINA / SIPA

Dutch Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk, who suffered a ligament in his knee during the derby against Everton (2-2) on Saturday will have to be operated on, the Reds announced on Sunday.

“No precise timetable has been given for his return to the game at the moment,” added the club, but given the type of injury, his absence should be counted in months.

Keystone of the defense of the defending English champion and the Dutch selection, Van Dijk had seen his knee turn during an aggressive outing from the Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford early in the game. The Toffees goalie had not been penalized because of an offside at the start of the action.

That leaves only Joel Matip and Joe Gomez as professional and experienced center-backs in the Reds’ squad, even though other players, like Brazilian midfielder Fabinho, have already played in this role. Liverpool, rarely comfortable far from their bases in Europe, must begin their Champions League campaign on Wednesday with a perilous trip to Ajax Amsterdam.

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