Liverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk faces long rehabilitation after knee surgery

Virgil van Dijk

The centre-back will now miss months of action, meaning he is out of the Champions League tie with Ajax next week.

Klopp was not happy with another reckless Everton challenge that earned Richarlison a straight red card for taking out the Spanish worldwide.

The Reds boss opted not to sign a replacement when Dejan Lovren moved to Zenit St Petersburg in the summer, insisting midfielder Fabinho could fill in at the back - and he has done already this season.

The 29-year-old has been transformative for Liverpool and a core reason for their Champions League triumph last year and the club's ending of a 30-year title drought.

Raunin da mai tsaron bayan Liverpool, Virgil van Dijk' ya ji a gwiwar kafarsa mai muni ne in ji koci Jurgen Klopp.

Klopp, however, was keen to throw his backing behind Gomez after a shaky couple of weeks.

The centre-back was injured by a reckless, unpunished challenge by Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford in the sixth minute of the 2-2 Merseyside derby draw at Goodison Park.

"The set-piece (for Everton's first) was unlucky because Virgil was not on the pitch, we sorted it in the game but it was the first corner when he was not on the pitch", he said.

That was it. No further expansion from a manager who often speaks with relaxed candour to the media or, having played this cat-and-mouse game for some time, reels off a little more by way of context. "No". A good game. I am not anxious about the boys.

The hope is that the Dutchman's absence from the Liverpool team isn't as long as now feared, but there is no confirmation either way yet.

Van Dijk was on the end of a thunderous high tackle from Jordan Pickford and hobbled off at Goodison Park after just 10 minutes of action.



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