English champion Liverpool said on Sunday its centre-back Virgil van Dijk has damaged knee ligaments and is set to undergo surgery.
The Dutch defender was injured in Saturday’s Merseyside derby draw against Everton.
He was substituted early in the game when Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford made a reckless challenge in the box, which left Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp fuming.
“Liverpool can confirm Virgil van Dijk will undergo surgery on the knee injury he sustained during Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Everton,” the club said in a statement.
“The centre-back damaged knee ligaments following an incident involving Blues goalkeeper Jordan Pickford after six minutes at Goodison Park.”
The Anfield giants did not specify a timescale for the 29-year-old defender’s return to action.
However, cruciate ligament injuries normally take months to recover from.