The central defender of Liverpool dropped out in the opening phase after a collision with Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford. Van Dijk chased (in offside position) after a headed ball and was torpedoed by Pickford on the back line.
With a scream of pain, the captain of Orange went to the grass and the Liverpool caretaker was immediately on the spot to examine the defender’s knee. After a short investigation it was already clear that after Pickford’s charge on his leg, Van Dijk could not continue and had to be replaced by Joe Gomez.
Van Dijk is retiring.
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Streak through Ajax?
It is still unclear whether Van Dijk’s knee injury is serious. It is clear that the injury for trainer Jürgen Klopp is extremely inconvenient. Next Wednesday, Liverpool will play the first Champions League match of the season at Ajax. Experts who emerge immediately after the painful images Twitter already feared cruciate ligament injuries for the Dutchman. That would mean that Van Dijk was out of circulation for months.
English media and fans are fond of the health of the center-back, who has made an indelible impression in the almost three years he has now played at Liverpool.
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