Jurgen Klopp has provided a fitness update on Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk and insists he has ‘nothing else to say’ about Jordan Pickford’s challenge on the defender.
Van Dijk is expected to miss the remainder of the season after sustaining an anterior cruciate knee ligament injury during Liverpool’s Merseyside Derby draw at Everton earlier this month, the defender on the receiving end of a horror challenge from England number one Pickford.
The Netherlands international has now undergone surgery on the problem and Klopp has confirmed the operation was successful, Van Dijk now set for several months of rehabilitation before making a first-team return.
“The surgery was successful, which is really good, the best news we could get,” said Klopp at his pre-match press conference ahead of his sides home clash with West Ham tomorrow.
“This time [after a operation] is always unpleasant. He is good as good as can be.”
Van Dijk’s injury came as a result of an ugly challenge from Everton goalkeeper Pickford, whose reckless challenge went unpunished amid an offside despite VAR reviews from the officials.
The shot-stopper’s lunge has since been criticised by several notable names including Liverpool duo Alisson and Georginio Wijnaldum, describing the challenge as ‘unnecessary’ and ‘stupid’ respectively.
Klopp, however, admits further criticism will not change Van Dijk’s injury and says he has ‘nothing else to say’ on the situation.
“I don’t want to talk about this anymore. I would immediately if it would change anything but it doesn’t,” he stated.
“I’m not sure the world is in a place right now where we have to keep this story going.
“Yes we still feel something about it, but nothing that will happen will change that. So I’ve nothing else to say.”