Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has tonight addressed supporters with a powerful statement after the club confirmed he will require knee surgery. The Dutchman was forced off after just ten minutes of the Merseyside derby following a reckless challenge from Jordan Pickford.
Van Dijk has damaged his anterior cruciate ligament and will need to undergo an operation in order to return to full fitness.
He has tonight issued the following statement: “This afternoon I met with a leading consultant to start the process of planning the finer details of my rehabilitation following the incident yesterday.
“I’m now fully focused 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 gong to make sure I return better, fitter and stronger than ever before.
“In football and in life, I believe everything happens for a reasoned it’s important to try and keep level headed whether going though the highs or the lows.
“With the support of my wife, kids, family and everyone at Liverpool, I’m ready for the challenge ahead.
“I’d like to thank everyone for the messages of supporter, it’s meant a huge amount to me and my family and I’ll now be doing everything possible to supporter my teammates in any way I can ahead of a big few weeks ahead as I take my own recovery day by day. I’ll be back. Virgil van Dijk.”