Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk is set to undergo a knee surgery after suffering an anterior cruciate ligament damage in the 2 all Merseyside derby on Saturday.
Van Dijk collided with Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford in the early minutes of the game at the Goodison Park.
A marginal VAR decision showing Van Dijk was offside saved Pickford from conceding a penalty and a possible red card after reviewing that the Liverpool defender’s shoulder was offside in the build up to the collision.
The England goalkeeper could have still been punished had VAR recommended to referee Michael Oliver to look into the incidence again since players could still be punished for serious foul play or violent conduct even after the whistle is blown.
The Liverpool centre-back was substituted and later sent for a scan which revealed that he would require surgery.
It is still uncertain as to how many weeks he will be out but sources have not ruled out a possible return to action this season.
— Virgil van Dijk (@VirgilvDijk) October 18, 2020
Van Dijk released a statement on Sunday night on his Twitter account that says: “This afternoon, I mer with a leading consultant to start the process of planning the finer details of my rehabilitation following the incident yesterday. I’m now fully focused on my recovery and will do everything I can to come back as quickly as possible.
“Despite the obvious disappointment, I’m a firm believer that within difficulty lies opportunity and with God’s help, I’m going make sure I return better, fitter and stronger than ever before.
“In football, as in life, I believe everything happens for a reason and it’s important to try and keep level-headed whether going through the highs or lows. With the support of my wife, kids, family and everyone at Liverpool, I’m ready for the challenge ahead.
“I’d like to thank everyone for the messages of support. It meant a huge amount to me and my family, and I’ll now be doing everything possible to support my team-mates in any way I can ahead of the big few weeks as I take my own recovery day by day. I’ll be back.”