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Liverpool fans react as Virgil van Dijk undergoes 'successful' surgery

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has undergone successful surgery in London although the club are yet to put an official time scale on the Dutchman’s return – and Reds supporters have responded to the news on Twitter.

The 29-year-old suffered an ACL injury after a tangling with Jordan Pickford in the early stages of the 2-2 draw with Everton earlier this month.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 17: Virgil van Dijk of Liverpool is tackled by Jordan Pickford of Everton which led to Virgil van Dijk being substituted for an injury during the Premier League match between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park on October 17, 2020 in Liverpool, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Having undergone a scan immediately after his withdrawal from Goodison Park, Van Dijk was later sent to a specialist the following day where it was deemed that surgery would be the next necessary cause of action.

The Netherland’s national team captain completed his surgery in the capital and will now begin the rehabilitation phase of his recovery, according to the club’s official website.

A time frame has not been indicated by Liverpool as to how long Van Dijk is expected to be on the sidelines.

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However, Liverpool are expected to be without the services of their irreplaceable No.4 for the remainder of the season.

 

Anfield sources are hopeful that the player’s mentality coupled with his durability in recent seasons are an indication that Van Dijk could still recover sooner than expected.

Speaking in regards to Van Dijk’s recovery process, Klopp said: “He’s a quick healer and a pain-coper. All these things, they help.”

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 17: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT )Virgil van Dijk of Liverpool collides with Everton’s goalkeeper Jordan Pickford during the Premier League match between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park on October 17, 2020 in Liverpool, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Liverpool currently have just one experienced central defensive option available at the manager’s disposal in the form of Joe Gomez with both Joel Matip and Fabinho also sidelined due to injury.

The Premier League champions are next in action on Saturday evening when they host West Ham at Anfield with kick-off scheduled for 17:30 GMT.

Reaction

Here is a look at how Liverpool supporters reacted to the positive news on the Van Dijk injury front…

 

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