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Pep Guardiola sends classy message to Liverpool FC star Virgil van Dijk

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Liverpool Koulibaly to replace Van Dijk in January

Van Dijk suffered the problem during a challenge with Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford during the 2-2 draw in the Merseyside derby on Saturday.

Speaking ahead of Liverpool's Champions League opener away to Ajax, Klopp defended the decision not to bring in an extra defender, appearing to aim a dig at Carragher in the process.

"This was different than normal", Wijnaldum said via The Mirror. According to "The Athletic", there is more damage than that ACL damage and other areas are also affected.

Gomez and Fabinho were superb in Liverpool's 1-0 win away to Ajax on Wednesday night - the latter was particularly good - but one game doesn't prove that Van Dijk won't be a monumental loss.

Recently, Wijnaldum hit out at Pickford for his challenge on Van Dijk and labelled the tackle as "stupid".

"If I would have asked him to play right-back I don't think he would enjoy it as much as he's enjoying the centre-half position".

Liverpool Koulibaly to replace Van Dijk in January

'I don't believe he wanted to injure Virgil but the way he made the tackle, he didn't care about what happened after the tackle.

Ancelotti also defended Pickford for his challenge on van Dijk, admitting the England worldwide is "very sad" about the situation. It's football. Unfortunately in football you can be injured. "It makes it more hard because they are not punished, in this case Pickford", claimed Wijnaldum, who this summer was close to signing for FC Barcelona.

"You've got to use times like this to be stronger and to be even more together than we already are".

Wijnaldum criticised Pickford earlier in this week and suggested Everton have a history of going too far in derby games, while manager Jurgen Klopp referred to situations which "should not occur in a football game". None of the players slept because of what happened on Saturday. Usually, players try to play the ball but not in these two challenges.

"He [potentially] has an opportunity to play but also we have Bernard and Anthony Gordon".

Rodríguez played the full game against Liverpool despite being injured after 40 seconds by Van Dijk's challenge. Gomez I think is the candidate to replace him, he's no slouch so it's a chance for Gomez to show he can fill the breach big Virgil has left.

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