I’ll be back’: Van Dijk speaks out after suffering cruciate ligament injury

Virgil van Dijk has vowed to come back better than ever before after Liverpool confirmed the defender needs knee ligament surgery following his injury at Everton.

The centre-back collided with Toffees goalkeeper Jordan Pickford just six minutes into the Merseyside Derby on Saturday afternoon, though the England shot stopper was not punished for what looked like a reckless challenge.

In a statement on Sunday, the Premier League champions did not set a return date for van Dijk, though it is feared the centre-back could be ruled out for most of the current season.

In a statement on social media, the Dutchman said: ‘This afternoon I met with a leading consultant to start the process of planning the finer details of my rehabilitation following the incident (on Saturday).

‘I’m now fully focussed (sic) on my recovery and will do everything I can to be back as quickly as possible.

‘Despite the obvious disappointment, I’m a firm believer that within difficulty lies opportunity and with God’s help I’m going to make sure I return better, fitter than ever before.’

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