Virgil van Dijk has vowed to come back stronger after Liverpool confirmed the defender has to undergo surgery.

After a late challenge by Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford on Saturday, Van Dijk was forced off ten minutes into the Merseyside Derby.

A day later, Liverpool confirmed that Van Dijk had suffered a serious knee injury and will have to undergo surgery. He will now be on the sideline for months and it will be a race for the Dutch national team captain to be fit for the European Championships.

Taking to social media, Van Dijk released a statement, “I am fully focused on my recovery and will do everything I can to come back as soon as possible. Despite the disappointment, I strongly believe that there is an opportunity in a setback.¬†With the help of God, I will make sure that I will be better, fitter and stronger than ever before.”

Van Dijk ended the statement with, “I’ll be back.”

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