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Serious Injury Concerns For Liverpool's van Dijk

Serious Injury Concerns For Liverpool's van Dijk Photo: TT
Virgil van Dijk of Liverpool shows a look of dejection as he heads back to the dressing room after being substituted through injury

Liverpool could be without key defender Virgil van Dijk for a significant period of time after limping off in Sunday’s 2-2 draw with Everton in the English Premier League.

Van Dijk was replaced in the 11th minute of the match after a heavy challenge from Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, with Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp fearing the worst, with talk he’s ruptured his ACL.

“I don’t know (how serious it is), I don’t know, but it is not good,” Klopp said post-game.

“Virgil played for us I don’t know how many games in a row. He plays with pain, he plays with pretty much everything, but he couldn’t play on. That’s not good.”

The Dutchman’s injury is the latest concern for Liverpool who previously had Sadio Mane and Thiago Alcantara miss games after testing positive for COVID-19.

Champions Liverpool lost 7-2 to Aston Villa prior to the international break and may be sitting second but they have conceded the equal most goals in the league, along with newly promoted West Bromwich Albion.

Thiago was also injured late in the challenge from Richarlison which saw him red carded.

Earlier, Mane had put Liverpool ahead after three minutes but Michael Keane equaliser from a corner on 19 minutes. Mohamed Salah produced a trademark volley to restore the Reds’ lead in the 72nd minute, before in-form Dominic Calvert-Lewin levelled again with an 80th minute header.

Liverpool were denied a late Jordan Henderson by a tight video assistant referee decision.

Elsewhere, Manchester City edged Arsenal 1-0 thanks to Raheem Sterling’s first-half goal, while Chelsea fluffed a lead twice to draw 3-3 with Southampton at Stamford Bridge.

Manchester United scored three times in the final five minutes to claim a 4-1 win away to Newcastle, after Bruno Fernandes had seen a penalty saved by Karl Darlow.

Ben somerford
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