Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk will talk openly about his career in football, but one subject remains strictly off limits, according to a report in Holland.
The subject than defender Van Dijk “wisely leaves out” of interviews is not hard to pick. Having been left sidelined for pretty much all of last season and forced to miss Euro 2020, Jordan Pickford’s name is predictably off limits. Van Dijk was injured for nine months.
An anterior cruciate ligament tear in his right knee sustained in a challenge by England keeper Pickford did the damage.
The high, lunging tackle from Pickford was rash and ill timed. It also went unpunished. The tackle which scissored Van Dijk’s right knee would ordinarily have been punished by a red card.
Pickford though avoided any sanctions because Van Dijk was flagged offside in the build-up to the incident.
Jordan Henderson told BT Sports: “Everyone keeps asking us about it so I’m guessing it’s a red card. It mustn’t be a good challenge.
“To be fair, Jordan came up and apologised to me after the game and [told me] to tell Virgil.
“It mustn’t be great. But yeah, not just that incident, we created so many good chances to score and overall we should’ve won the game.”
Liverpool and Van Dijk though were understood to be furious about the incident, which derailed Liverpool’s title defence.
Understandable it’s a subject that the media find interesting. But De Telegraaf report that Van Dijk omits the subject when doing interviews.
‘My injury was caused by a kick’
He “doesn’t want to say anything” about the Everton goalkeeper and that tackle.
Van Dijk wants to focus on the present, but insists the injury has not left any mental scars.
“My injury was caused by a kick,” said the Netherlands star, via Sport Witness.
“It wasn’t a moment when nobody was around. Actually, that made it a bit easier mentally to go all the way.
“Sometimes it is at the back of your mind, but it is not something that really concerns me. It’s certainly not like I’m afraid to go into a duel.”