Pictures: Liverpool star dislocates bone on international duty – opposition player says it’s actually broken

Virgil van Dijk dislocated his finger against Norway last night but the Dutch medical staff pushed it back into place, strapped it up and he was good to go.

Social media was awash with footage of Erling Haaland scoring a goal as the striker seemingly got the better of him but it’s yet another case of van Dijk being a victim of his own standards.

I’ve never seen a centre-back held to such lofty standards that he is persecuted for his teammates’ mistakes and yet when he was forced to step in and cover for Stefan de Vrij and Jurrien Timber, he was the one that copped the blame.

Cody Gakpo, playing on the wing for the Netherlands, played Haaland onside and it all went wrong from there.

While the Mirror reports that the finger was dislocated and then pushed back in on the sidelines, Erling Haaland has reportedly told Norwegian TV2 that the finger is broken but van Dijk was able to play on.

Given that the injury didn’t hinder van Dijk means that it shouldn’t be a cause for concern for Liverpool fans.

If something as trivial as a dislocated or fractured finger stopped the Dutchman from playing, I’d be shocked.

It goes without saying that van Dijk is hugely important for the Reds and after the way last season panned out without him in the side, supporters will be praying he avoids any more injuries.

While the arrival of Ibrahima Konate means that Jurgen Klopp has much more depth at centre back, if he can avoid utilising it, it will be a good sign that his first choice defenders are fit and healthy.

While he has been in good form so far and injuries haven’t been an issue for him this season, Joel Matip is far likelier to suffer an injury and if so, Joe Gomez and Konate will be chomping at the bit to get into the starting XI.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 08: (THE SUN OUT,THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT)Joel Matip of Liverpool at Anfield on August 08, 2021 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – AUGUST 08: (THE SUN OUT,THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT)Joel Matip of Liverpool at Anfield on August 08, 2021 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Given the lack of signings this summer, Liverpool’s greatest chance of success is keeping van Dijk and Mohamed Salah fit the entire season.

Of course, there are other important players in the squad but if those two remain fit and in form, Liverpool stand a good chance of being successful.

Michael Mongie
Football Central Media Group founder, owner and editor.

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