Going into this fixture, the scariest thing for them would have been a defeat to Everton. Little did anyone know, that 6 minutes into the game Virgil Van Dijk would be forced off the pitch with suspected Anterior Cruciate Ligament damage.
It was an afternoon to forget for Liverpool, with Thiago also on the receiving end of punishment. Topping off the derby was a VAR decision, which seems to have been awarded incorrectly. Jordan Henderson found the net in the dying seconds, but this was ruled out.
The timeframe for Van Dijks layoff hasn’t been confirmed yet, but ACL’s usually bring 6-8 months of absence. He’s definitely out for a few months, which is going to give Jurgen Klopp a headache. Klopp wasn’t happy with the decision to let Pickford off completely, as it was a wreckless foul.
Some are already worrying that this will cost Liverpool, stating they can’t defend their Champions title without him. It’s true that he has transformed Anfield since his arrival, and he will definitely be missed. Looking into the stats, he’s played every minute of every single game in the Premier League.
With Alisson still currently injured, it does mean that things at the back could get shaky for Liverpool. He’s not a ready-made replacement, but Fabinho has been tipped as the player to fill VVD’s void.