Liverpool to hold candlelight vigil for injured Van Dijk
After it was revealed that Virgil Van Dijk would likely miss the rest of the season after sustaining an ACL injury, the Merseyside club are planning a candlelight vigil for thousands of fans to honour their fallen star defender.
The talismanic Dutch defender was forced to leave the pitch during the Merseyside derby last Saturday after a knee-high challenge from Everton keeper Jordan Pickford in the 11th minute of the game.
It was later revealed that Van Dijk had suffered a grade three tear of his anterior cruciate ligament and requires surgery, leaving his participation in the remainder of the season in serious doubt.
Since the incident, devastated fans have all but called for the head of Jordan Pickford to be displayed on top of the Liver building, the entire Liverpool squad had sleepless nights, according to ESPN, and the Liverpool Echo asked fans to send the defender messages of support.
And now, the reigning Premier League champions are taking it up a notch, holding a candlelight vigil in the centre of Liverpool on Saturday 24th October for thousands of fans to pay their respects to the defender, who is still very much alive. Lifelong fan Johnny Simm had this to say:
"Oh I'll be there, 100%. I think it's beautiful. An amazing idea by an amazing club. It's what Virgil would have wanted if he were here today, and I know he'll be there in spirit, looking down on us all. Rest in peace, my sweet ponytailed prince."
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