Virgil van Dijk is expected to miss the majority of the season after results confirmed he had suffered an Anterior Cruciate Ligament tear.
The Dutchman was unable to continue in his side’s draw against Everton on Saturday after a nasty challenge from goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.
Van Dijk was able to walk off the pitch but the swelling quickly increased and he left Goodison Park on crutches, with the club doctor fearing the worst.
Scan results have now shown the worst case scenario in that the former Celtic man has suffered an ACL tear.
Van Dijk will undergo surgery and the minimum he can be expected to be out is five months – which would be the best case scenario.
In a brief statement, Liverpool refused to put a timeframe on Van Dijk’s injury.
‘Liverpool FC can confirm Virgil van Dijk will undergo surgery on the knee injury he sustained during Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Everton,’ a statement read.
‘The centre-back damaged knee ligaments following an incident involving Blues goalkeeper Jordan Pickford after six minutes at Goodison Park.
‘Van Dijk was required to be substituted and further assessment on the injury has revealed an operation will be needed.
‘No specific timescale is being placed upon his return to action at this stage.
‘Following surgery, Van Dijk will begin a rehabilitation programme with the club’s medical team to enable him to reach full fitness as soon as possible.’
However, the severity of the tackle has proved controversial as many deemed it a challenge of serious foul play – which can be punished outside of an ‘inactive’ scenario.
Pickford did apologise to Van Dijk through international team-mate Jordan Henderson but it’s unclear if the England stopper has communicated that directly to the Dutchman.