Virgil van Dijk has spoken out for the first time since he sustained a potential season-ending injury in Saturday’s Merseyside derby, with the Liverpool centre-back vowing to bounce back “better, fitter and stronger than ever before”.
The defender had to be helped from the field inside the opening quarter-hour of his side’s 2-2 draw with Everton following a challenge from Toffees goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.
Subsequent scans have confirmed that the Netherlands skipper has suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury, leaving him facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
Van Dijk’s injury has handed a major blow to Liverpool’s aspirations of a successful title defence of their first Premier League crown, with the club already relatively stretched across the Dutchman’s preferred position as it is.
Taking to social media on Sunday however, the 29-year-old defender thanked supporters for their words of comfort and stated his intent to repay their faith down the line as he begins his long journey back to full fitness