Pep Guardiola says Virgil Van Dijk’s damage is a blow to the entire Premier League.
Liverpool defender Van Dijk requires surgical procedure on an ACL damage in his knee after being pressured off within the Merseyside derby final weekend following a problem from Jordan Pickford.
The influential defender, who performed each minute of Liverpool’s spectacular Premier League title win final season, is now set for a prolonged spell on the sidelines and will miss the entire of the season.
That may be a large blow to Liverpool and their title aspirations, however Manchester Metropolis supervisor Guardiola doesn’t see any positives from the information.
Requested in regards to the affect Van Dijk’s absence could have on the title race, Guardiola expressed his sympathy for Van Dijk and Liverpool.
“I can’t discuss the way it will have an effect on Liverpool. Jurgen can speak about this. We want him to get properly quickly and have restoration.”
Metropolis suffered an identical blow final season with the lack of Aymeric Laporte for 5 months, and Guardiola was eager to emphasize how a lot of a loss Van Dijk can be to all the league.
“I hate, I don’t like opponents shedding vital gamers for a very long time,” he continued.
“I don’t know him a lot however he seems sturdy so he’s going to come back again properly. We’ll anticipate him to come back again to the Premier League to make our league higher as a result of the league is healthier with good gamers on the pitch and he is without doubt one of the greatest.
“Get properly quickly and all one of the best for him, his household and all of Liverpool.”
Laporte himself despatched Van Dijk an aesthetic message after new of the Dutchman’s damage was confirmed.
“Sorry bro. Better of luck for the short restoration, by no means neither enjoyable nor rejoicing whilst rivals,” Laporte wrote on Twitter.