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Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk to undergo knee surgery after damaging ligaments in Jordan Pickford's reckless challenge in Merseyside derby amid fears centre back could miss most of the season Virgil van Dijk injured his knee during Liverpool's 2-2 draw with Everton  The Dutchman requires surgery after damaging his anterior cruciate ligament The Liverpool man collided with Everton's Jordan Pickford after just six minutes Jurgen Klopp could be faced for months without his top defender this season 

By Sam Blitz For Mailonline

Published: 18:09 BST, 18 October 2020 | Updated: 19:16 BST, 18 October 2020

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Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk will be out for a lengthy period after damaging his knee ligaments in Saturday's Merseyside Derby with Everton. 

The Dutch defender was involved in a collision with Toffees goalkeeper Jordan Pickford after just six minutes of the 2-2 draw at Goodison Park. 

The Everton shot stopper received no sanction for the tackle, with Van Dijk deemed in an offside position at the time of the collision, yet the centre-back was forced off the pitch as he was unable to continue.

Virgil van Dijk requires surgery on his knee after damaging his ACL at Everton on Saturday

Virgil van Dijk requires surgery on his knee after damaging his ACL at Everton on Saturday

The Dutchman was involved in a collision with Jordan Pickford after six minutes of the game

The Dutchman was involved in a collision with Jordan Pickford after six minutes of the game

A Liverpool statement read: '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.'

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