Jamie Carragher believes the title race in the Premier League has been blown wide open after Liverpool have lost Virgil van Dijk to a heavy injury which will keep the Dutch defender out for the rest of the season. Van Dijk collided with Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford in Liverpool’s 2-2 draw with Everton on Saturday and the defender was forced to leave the pitch.
After the game Jurgen Klopp already expressed his fears the injury would be a bad one and the Germans comment’s were confirmed on Sunday after Liverpool released a statement on the injury of Van Dijk. The Dutch defender has torn his ACL and he will need to undergo surgery. While Liverpool have not commented on a time frame for his return, a normal recovery period for such an injury is six to nine months. And Van Dijk’s absence will be a massive blow for Liverpool’s title chances, says Carragher.
“Well, I think the big question you look at now, you think, [is] can Liverpool win the league without Van Dijk there?” he told Sky Sports. “I think every team has three or four players in every title-winning team who think they can win the title, and if one of those players are missing, no matter how good your manager is, no matter how big your squad is, you can’t cover for them, they’re that outstanding. So I think it [Van Dijk’s injury] blows the title race wide open, I really do.”