Liverpool are preparing for the worst following Virgil van Dijk’s knee injury in yesterday’s Merseyside derby. The Dutchman was forced off after just 10 minutes following a full-blooded challenge from Jordan Pickford.
The Everton goalkeeper lunged into Van Dijk as he attempted to block the ball following a lofted pass to the back post.
Although Van Dijk was marginally offside, the Reds were furious that the tackle was not reviewed by VAR official David Coote.
Nonetheless, the Liverpool centre-back was unable to continue and was sent for a scan alongside teammate Thiago Alcantara after the 2-2 draw.
While there has been no official confirmation from the Premier League champions, the feeling from the club is that the injury is potentially serious.
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The Brazilian managed to keep Timo Werner and Chelsea at bay and has also marshalled Liverpool to a clean sheet in the Champions League against Bayern Munich in 2019.
His most recent defensive performance did not come as a surprise to his teammate and compatriot Alisson, though.
“He [Fabinho] was a monster! Unbelievable, but it’s what I expect of him,” Alisson said.
“If it’s a surprise for you I would be surprised, because he is a top player. Anywhere he played, from number six or centre back, he always does his best and his quality permits him to play in different positions.”
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