Liverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk is set to undergo a knee surgery after scan reveals Anterior cruciate ligament damage.

Van Dijk was substituted after just six minutes into the Merseyside Derby yesterday after a rash challenge by Everton’s goalkeeper Jordan Pickford in an attempt to make a clearance inside the box.

Liverpool head coach Jurgen Klopp confirmed after game that the injury doesn’t look good and that the Netherland International defender will undergo scan on Sunday to know the extent of the damage.

However following the scan results today the club has released a statement that Van Dijk is set for a knee Surgery. The statement reads: Liverpool FC can confirm Virgil van Dijk will undergo surgery on the knee injury he sustained during Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Everton. The centre-back damaged knee ligaments following an incident involving Blues goalkeeper Jordan Pickford after six minutes at Goodison Park. 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.

Van Dijk has been an integral part of the Liverpool team since joining the club from Southampton. He is rated as one of the best defender in Europe and his lost will certainly be a huge blow to Liverpool this season.