Virgil van Dijk: Liverpool defender set to undergo knee surgery after Everton injury
Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk is set to undergo knee surgery after suffering anterior cruciate ligament damage in the Merseyside derby.
Van Dijk suffered the injury after colliding with Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford in the early stages of Saturday's 2-2 draw at Goodison Park.
Pickford was saved from conceding a penalty - and possibly a red card - by a marginal VAR decision, which ruled Van Dijk's shoulder was offside in the build-up to the collision.
The England goalkeeper could still have been sent off if VAR had recommended on-field referee Michael Oliver look at the incident again as players can be punished for serious foul play or violent conduct after the whistle is blown.
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Van Dijk had to be substituted and was later sent for a scan, which revealed he would require surgery.
No time frame has been put on his return but club sources are reluctant to rule out a return this season.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp questioned why no action was taken against Pickford for his challenge on the Netherlands defender.
"For me it was a clear penalty that I saw. Then obviously we saw the flag went up, so offside. I still thought it was worth a look on the foul but that didn't happen," said Klopp.
"We have no power there, we just sit here and you discuss it with me. You have to ask other people about that, not me. What can I say?"
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