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Star defender Virgil Van Dijk’s injury reportedly set to see him ‘miss 7-8 months’ of action

The reports are apparently not good for Liverpool.

Liverpool’s star defender Virgil Van Dijk is reportedly set to to be sidelined for a lengthy spell on the sidelines following a serious knee injury picked up in the Merseyside derby against Everton.

Van Dijk was unfortunately on the receiving end of a calamitous challenge from Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford early in Saturday’s game at Goodison Park, with goalie Pickford’s tackle going unpunished at the time with Van Dijk forced to come off the field with the injury shortly afterwards.

Liverpool and Everton continued to play on to a 2-2 draw with a Liverpool winning goal disallowed.

After the game Jurgen Klopp outlined that Van Dijk’s injury did not look good but the club would have to wait to hear the full extent of the damage done.

According to Bein Sports, the Dutch defender will be out for ‘seven or eight’ months of action as a result of the injury and if that were the case, it will no doubt be a massive blow for Liverpool, with Van Dijk one of their most important players and a key figure in last season’s title win.

Klopp may also have to contend with an injury to Spanish midfielder Thiago who was also on the end of a horror challenge, which saw Everton forward Richarlison sent off late in the game.

Thiago managed to stay on the field for the final few minutes of the game, even having a hand in Liverpool’s disallowed winning goal, however Klopp issued a statement after the game that he had been injured in the challenge.

Liverpool face Ajax in their opening game of the Champions League on Wednesday before taking on Sheffield United at Anfield on the following Saturday.