The Dutchman will miss a large part of the 2020-21 season after sustaining an ACL injury against Everton on October 17.
Surgery will rule Van Dijk out for at least six months, despite Liverpool refusing to set a timeframe for his return to action.
Without Van Dijk, Fabinho and Joe Gomez were Jürgen Klopp’s preferred defensive pairing, with Joel Matip still on the sidelines.
While some have suggested that Liverpool will have to enter the market for a new defender after a sale of Dejan Lovren this summer, Lallana believes the club are well equipped to do without their best defender.
“Of course it will have a big impact,” Lallana said ahead of the Reds’ 2-0 victory over Midtjylland in the Champions League against BT Sport.
“He’s the best defender in the world, but the characters they have in the group will all know they have to give a little more.
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“They will all know they have to step up, they will all know they have to step up, and I will support them to do that.
“This is what you’ve seen at Fabinho’s performances since he was asked to play in the middle, and he was sensational.
“Joe Gomez got promoted too, he’s very young, but he’s played so many games at such a high level.
“You definitely have the ability to work at the highest level and to win silver without the sensational Virgil van Dijk.
“Joel Matip’s back fits too. Even Jordan Henderson played in the middle of the World Club Cup last year and was fine! ”
“So they’ll be fine, they have some good young talent too. I think they will be absolutely fine. ”
However, the situation in the center-back was complicated by an injury to Fabinho.
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The Brazilian was sent off in less than half an hour at the European clash last night.
Young defender Rhys Williams was impressed when he came on – and could now face West Ham this weekend.
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