Virgil van Dijk has been a leading – rather sublime – presence at the heart of Liverpool’s defense throughout the team’s rise to the top of English and European football in recent years.
Of great concern to the Premier League champions, they may have to learn to cope without their fighter in the back for some time.
Early in what proved to be a painful Merseyside derby for Liverpool, Van Dyck was the subject of a headlong rush by Jordan Pickford who witnessed the Everton goalkeeper hitting the right extended leg of the Netherlands defender.
Van Dyck roared in pain and apparently stayed. And that was when Jürgen Klopp realized it was dangerous.
Klopp said after the 2-2 draw at Goodison Park, “Virgil has played, I don’t know the number of consecutive games, he plays painfully, but he couldn’t play and this is not good.”
In fact, Van Dijk Van Dyck – the best player in English football from 2018-19 who played every minute of Liverpool’s previous 74 league matches, dating back to September 2018 – immediately knocked out after a long treatment and gingerly limped all over the field. To the locker room.
There has been no official word from Liverpool about the possible length of his absence, but Van Dijk reportedly left hospital on crutches in the evening. BeIN Sports said it had received information that the player had sustained anterior cruciate ligament damage.
With the draw, Liverpool extended their unbeaten run over 10 years against their neighbors, but Klopp was a disappointed man when he made the short trip home from Goodison.
Aside from the fact that Beckford escaped punishment due to the challenge Van Dyck faced – apparently the VAR referee did not review the incident, which came after an offside call-up – Klopp was unhappy with his team as the winning goal from Jordan Henderson would have been disallowed in The second minute of injury time. The video assistant referee intervened this time, as Sadio Mane was spotted sneaking through the narrowest margins.
Mane gave Liverpool the lead in the third minute, but Michael Kane equalized with a powerful header from a corner kick. Mohamed Salah regained the lead for the champions with his sixth goal of the season, but Dominic Calvert Lewin snatched Everton’s second goal by going home with a left-cross pass to score his tenth goal in seven matches for clubs in all competitions.
Van Dyck might have been watching Kane and Calvert Lewin for both Everton’s chances. It would likely be a sign of things to come for Liverpool.
Everton lost points for the first time this season in their fifth game but remained at the top, three points behind Liverpool.
Sergio Aguero did not score on his return to the Manchester City squad for the first time in nearly four months. He was at the center of a potentially controversial accident, in City’s 1–0 victory over Arsenal.
In the 42nd minute, Aguero was seen complaining about the decision to assist referee Cian Massey-Ellis. When Massey-Ellis moved along the touchline, Aguero walked alongside her and placed his arm around her neck in an act that violated coronavirus guidelines.
The Argentine international has not been punished.
City manager Pep Guardiola said: “Sergio is the kindest person I’ve ever met.” “Look for problems in other situations, not in this case.”
Raheem Sterling scored the winning goal for City in the 23rd minute of a difficult match at the Etihad Stadium, where the homeowners settled without injuring Kevin De Bruyne. City are in the middle of the standings, three points behind rivals Liverpool for the title but have a game in hand.
Compensation for MAGUIRE, FERNANDES
Finally something Harry Maguire celebrates after a tough few months for the Manchester United captain.
There was also compensation for Bruno Fernandez in United’s 4–1 victory over Newcastle.
Maguire scored a good header for United days after he was sent off while playing for England. He has produced some suspects in United’s defense this season, which he has come up with on the back of his presence Arrested After an accident that happened late at night on the Greek island of Mykonos.
Fernandez saved him a penalty when the score was 1-1, but replaced it by scoring a superb goal in the top corner after a counterattack in the 86th minute. Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Marcus Rashford added later goals.
Chelsea FC exposed
Chelsea’s defensive weakness was revealed in their 3-3 draw with Southampton, who tied in the second minute of injury time by Yannick Westergaard after having already recovered from 2-0.
Timo Werner scored Chelsea’s first two goals, playing at Kay Havertz to make it 3-2, but the home side pulled back through defense and goalkeeping.
For Southampton’s second goal, Kurt Zuma received a back pass before keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga committed two fouls within seconds to allow Che Adams to score.
Kepa was working to replace an injured Edward Mindy, while a new player – center-back Thiago Silva – was also absent. As Chelsea’s attack began to break with the main strikers returning from injury, defense appears to be the team’s biggest obstacle to a coordinator title challenge.
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