Virgil van Dijk – I will be back stronger

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has vowed to come back better than ever before.

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This is after Liverpool confirmed the defender needs knee ligament surgery following his injury at Everton.

The Dutch 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. 

The Dutch defender (left) suffered the serious injury in a collision with Jordan Pickford (right)
The Dutch defender (left) suffered a serious injury in a collision with Jordan Pickford (right)

In a statement on Sunday, the Premier League champions did not set a return date for van Dijk.

However, it is feared the centre-back could be ruled out for most of the current season.

“This afternoon I met with a leading consultant to start the process of planning the finer details of my rehabilitation following the incident yesterday,” Virgil van Dijk wrote on Twitter.

“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.”

“With God’s help I’m going to make sure I return better, fitter and stronger than ever before,” he added.

Virgil van Dijk vows to return stronger

“In football, as in life, I believe everything happens for a reason.

“It’s important to try and keep level-headed whether going through 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 support. It’s meant a huge amount to me and my family.”

“Now I’ll be doing everything possible to support my teammates in anyway I can ahead of a big few weeks as I take my own recovery day by day.”

“I’ll be back,” he noted.

Van Dijk has been a pivotal player in Liverpool’s rise under Jurgen Klopp and was ever-present for the Reds as they won their first Premier League title in 30 years last season.

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