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Virgil van Dijk injury: How long will Liverpool be without key defender after hamstring issue?

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk is set for a spell on the sidelines due to a hamstring injury he sustained in their defeat to Brentford.

  • Van Dijk injured vs Brentford
  • Subbed off at half-time
  • Hamstring injury keeps him out of action

WHAT’S HAPPENING? GOAL can confirm that Van Dijk is certain to miss Liverpool’s FA Cup game with Wolves on January 7 and is also a doubt for their next Premier League game, a trip to Brighton on January 14. The Dutch defender was surprisingly substituted at the interval as Liverpool lost 3-1 to Brentford, with Jurgen Klopp’s precautionary decision not enough to avoid injury. The injury is worse than first feared and a firm return date has not yet been given.

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THE BIGGER PICTURE: Losing Van Dijk is a huge blow for The Reds, with Liverpool’s defence already appearing fragile enough this season without further disruption. Klopp’s side were comprehensively beaten by Brentford and would’ve lost by a greater goal margin if not for VAR picking up on infringements; a summary of their rocky campaign thus far.

Fans will hope Van Dijk’s absence isn’t too lengthy, as Liverpool have already seen key duo Luis Diaz and Diogo Jota miss the majority of the season so far due to injury.

AND WHAT’S MORE: There is some good news for Liverpool, though, as GOAL can confirm they are hoping to welcome back Roberto Firmino and James MIlner for the FA Cup tie against Wolves. The Brazilian has been out with a calf issue, while veteran Milner was also bogged down with a hamstring problem.

Cody Gakpo, who signed from PSV Eindhoven at the beginning of January, is also expected to be available for the cup clash and could be handed his debut. The Dutchman was heavily linked with a move to Manchester United, but Liverpool managed to swoop in and get the deal over the line following his impressive World Cup campaign.

WHAT NEXT FOR LIVERPOOL? While all focus will be on winning and advancing in the FA Cup at the weekend, Liverpool will be scratching their heads over their perilous injury situation. If Van Dijk’s injury is set to keep him out of action for a while, they may have to dip back into the transfer market.

Premier League 2022/23 TV channels, live streams

Region TV Streaming
Australia Optus Sport


Hong Kong Now TV
India Star Sports Disney+, Hotstar, JioTV
Malaysia Astro SuperSport Astro Go
New Zealand Sky Sport Sky Sport Now, Sky Go
Singapore StarHub StarHub TV+
UK Sky Sports, BT Sport NOW TV, Sky Go, Amazon Prime
USA USA Network, Telemundo, Universo fuboTV, Peacock

UK: Matches are carried across Sky Sports and BT Sport streaming and TV platforms, with select matches on Amazon Prime.

USA: Select matches are televised on USA Network (English) and Telemundo or Universo (Spanish), and all three channels can be streamed on fuboTV. The rest of the matches are streamed on NBC platform Peacock for subscribers.

Canada: Every Premier League game this season is live streaming exclusively via fuboTV in Canada.

Australia: Fans in Australia can stream every match live and on demand on Optus Sport. 

India: Star Sports network has the rights to show Premier League matches in India. As well as an English broadcast on Star Sports Select, select matches will be available via regional feeds on Star Sports 3 (in Bengali, English, Kannada, Malayalam), Star Sports 1 (Bangla) and Star Sports 1 (Tamil).

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