Van Dijk has ‘successful’ knee surgery

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND (AP) — Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has undergone successful knee surgery in London, the club said yesterday.

The Netherlands centre back sustained ligament damage in his right knee on a reckless challenge by Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford during the 2-2 Merseyside derby draw on October 17.

The club said there’s no timeframe for the 29-year-old Van Dijk’s return.

“After surgery — and it was successful, which is really good, the best news you could get — this time is always unpleasant,” Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said.

“Everybody who had a surgery knows that. You don’t wake up and everything is fine. You feel, still, the surgery. But he’s good, as good as you can be, and that’s it.”

Liverpool are also without midfielder Fabinho, who had filled in on defence for Van Dijk, due to a hamstring injury.

Liverpool had contacted the Premier League regarding Pickford’s challenge, but Klopp declined to disclose details.

“I don’t want to talk about this anymore,” he said. “I would talk immediately about it if it would change anything but it doesn’t.”