Injury News: Liverpool could be without Virgil van Dijk for up to six weeks
The 31-year-old came off at half-time during our embarrassing 3-1 defeat to Brentford earlier this week after sustaining what appears to be a hamstring strain. While he was fine during the game, he felt it was a wise decision to come off at half-time.
However, recent scans have shown that the injury was worse than what was first feared and now the Dutchman is set to spend up to six-weeks on the sidelines. This means he is set to miss a host of important games.
Van Dijk will miss important matches against Chelsea, Everton and Newcastle United in the Premier League, while it is also expected that he will have to sit the Champions League Round of 16 first-leg against Real Madrid too next month.
Such news will come as a blow to Jurgen Klopp who has seen his side struggle for form this season. We are effectively out of the title race and our top four hopes also hang in the balance.
Also forwards like Diogo Jota and Luis Diaz are also on the sidelines and with the 31-year-old also set to join them, the manager would have lost three of his in-form players before the influx of games during these two months.
Ibrahima Konate, Joe Gomez and even Nathaniel Philips could be asked to step up for the club as Klopp and the fans will hope that their side can at least finish in the top four this season, after having established themselves to be the direct threat Manchester City’s dominance of the league.
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The club is yet to put out an official statement regarding the duration of the Dutchman’s absence. However, it is looking highly unlikely it will be good news. It remains to be seen how costly the 31-year-old’s absence affects our season going forward.