Jurgen Klopp says as soon as he saw the replay of Virgil van Dijk’s injury he knew it would be bad.
The Liverpool boss has pledged to do everything within his power to make sure the Dutch defender returns as quickly as possible.
The centre-back limped off at Goodison Park on Saturday after just 11 minutes after a horror tackle from Jordan Pickford.
The Everton man escaped any action during the match, because Van Dijk was offside in the build up. The keeper has also avoided any retrospective action, while Van Dijk faces a long spell out.
The German boss has refused to put a timescale on his recovery, with a date yet to be set for the player’s surgery.
“That’s all not sorted yet,” Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com.
“A few things are clear, so he now will be out for a while, that’s clear. We don’t want to set any timeframe, to be honest, because each player is different and each individual is different and these possible timeframes are always for the x, y, z player [but] Virgil is Virgil and we don’t want to set any timeframe.
“But he will be out for a pretty long time and that’s what the situation is. That’s what we know since… I expected it pretty much on Saturday after the game immediately, especially when I saw the challenge back. I saw it the first time only from the bench, and when I saw it back I was pretty clear that he will be out for a long time.
“So we feel now in this moment extremely, extremely for him because most of us were in a similar situation and we know that these situations are absolutely rubbish.
“You don’t need it. You don’t need it but you have to get over it and Virgil will get over it, 100 per cent, and today is already the first day, if you want, of the recovery.
Klopp there to help
“We go already in the right direction and so that’s OK and the rest is football and life, like always a challenge, so see what you get and then make the best of it and that’s what we do now.”
Klopp says Van Dijk the club will be there for him just as “a good wife is waiting when the husband is in jail”.
“It’s always the same, players love to be rather on their own in the moment and to deal in the first moment with it. I am long enough in the business to know that. I was injured myself, I had exactly the same injury if I’m right and it’s not then that you are then pretty chatty.
“It all will start but we are in contact, of course, we are in contact. We are there for him, he knows that and we will wait for him like a good wife is waiting when the husband is in jail and will do, meanwhile, all what we can do to make it as easy for him as possible,” Klopp added.