“I will return better, fitter and stronger” – Van Dijk vows...

The defender thanked him on social media and announced that he has already started his rehabilitation process with a specialist

Virgil van Dijk has spoken out for the first time since his possible injury at the end of the season in Saturday’s Merseyside derby. The Liverpool central defender promises to get back on his feet “better, fitter and stronger than ever”.

The defender had to be helped off the field within the first quarter of an hour of his team’s 2-2 draw against Everton after a challenge from Toffees goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.

Subsequent scans have confirmed that the Dutch skipper sustained an anterior cruciate ligament injury, leaving him standing on the sidelines before a long break.

Van Dijk’s injury has severely affected Liverpool’s ambition to successfully defend their first Premier League crown as the club are already quite stretched over the Dutchman’s preferred position.

The 29-year-old defender, who took to social media on Sunday, thanked fans for their words of comfort and stated his intention to repay their trust on the long road back to full fitness.

“I met with a senior consultant this afternoon to begin planning the more precise details of my rehabilitation after yesterday’s incident.”

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“I am now fully focused on my recovery and will do everything I can to be back as soon as possible.

“Despite the apparent disappointment, I firmly believe that trouble lies in trouble, and with God’s help, I will make sure I come back better, fitter, and stronger than ever.

“In football, as in life, I believe that everything happens for a reason and it is important to try to stay calm whether you are going through the ups or downs. With the support of my wife, children, family and everyone in Liverpool, I am ready for the challenge ahead.

“I would like to thank everyone for the messages of support. It means a lot to me and my family, and now I will do whatever I can to support my teammates as best I can, a great few weeks ago taking my own recovery day in and day out. I’ll be back. ”

Liverpool will begin their Champions League season with a trip to the home of Van Dijk to face Ajax on Wednesday. Coach Klopp has a headache over his lineup to make up for the loss of his talisman star

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