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Virgil van Dijk can mirror Ibrahimovic recovery and come back stronger

Liverpool fans had their hearts broken this weekend when Virgil van Dijk limped out of the Merseyside Derby. The prognosis isn’t good, we’ll likely have to delve into the transfer market to replace the defender for the second half of the season. Thankfully, Virgil van Dijk can look to Zlatan Ibrahimovic as proof that he can come back as strong as ever.

Virgil van Dijk can look to Zlatan Ibrahimovic as proof that he can come back as strong as ever. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)

Virgil van Dijk injury

This weekend Liverpool made the short trip to Goodison Park, hoping to set the record straight after a humiliating defeat at Aston Villa.

The Reds proved their point, battering their neighbours. However, they were robbed of a win by two awful decisions.

Early on in the game Jordan Pickford flew into Virgil van Dijk at knee height, ruling the Dutchman out for the season.

We learned on Sunday that that Virgil will need surgery on his ACL due to the horror lunge.

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Ibrahimovic ACL

Whilst at Manchester United, Zlatan Ibrahimovic ruptured his ACL after falling awkwardly against Anderlecht.

Incredibly, the Sweden legend returned after just six and a half months, stunning everybody with his recovery.

Typically he made some strange comparison to a lion, or something like that. He’s always comparing himself to a lion, you’re a grown man Zlatan.

The striker underwent surgery on his ACL and the operation involved a groundbreaking technique which helped accelerate the forward’s recovery.

Van Dijk can follow Ibrahimovic example

Virgil van Dijk can take heart from Ibrahimovic and his recovery.

The Dutchman is also a towering, physical presence, they share a similar build. If anybody can recover like Ibra then it’s Virgil.

After his ACL injury Zlatan went on to score 53 goals in 58 goals for LA Galaxy, this season, aged 39-years-old, he’s scored four in two games for Milan.

Ibra is a shining example that Van Dijk can come back stronger than ever from this devastating injury.

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