Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is still furious at Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford after his crude tackle on his best defender, Virgil Van Dijk during the Merseyside Derby last month. Van Dijk could miss the rest of the season after the Dutchman suffered a serious knee injury as a result of the challenge from England international shot stopper Pickford.
The England player was lucky not to receive a red card for his tackle on Van Dijk in the Everton box during the first half of the Premier League clash which ended in a 2-2 draw at Goodison Park. Ex-Celtic and Southampton centre back Van Dijk has done surgery on the anterior cruciate ligament injury sustained from the tackle and has already started his rehabilitation.
In a piece of brilliant news for the Liverpool faithfuls, Van Dijk has started little contact training to boost hopes that he would still play again this season.
Klopp aimed a dig at England shot stopper Pickford in his pre-match presser ahead of the Leicester City game on Friday. He made snide remarks about Pickford while comparing the serious knee injuries sustained by Virgil Van Dijk and Joe Gomez. According to him, the knee injury sustained by Van Dijk was down to the decision of one person, while the one sustained by Joe Gomez was more of an impact injury.
Joe Gomez has been ruled out for the season with the injury he sustained while on England duty. He has been assessed by the Liverpool doctors and it’s almost certain that he won’t play again this season. The Reds will also miss skipper Jordan Henderson and Trent Alexander-Arnold but their injuries are not long-term like what s obtainable with their England national team colleague Joe Gomez.
Henderson will miss the Leicester City match on Sunday because of a back injury, while Trent is yet to recover from the calf problem he sustained before the November international break.