Liverpool dressing room "devastated" and "can’t sleep" due to Van Dijk injury

The Liverpool dressing room is "devastated" and struggling to sleep after learning Virgil van Dijk is facing months out injured.

That's according to his Liverpool team-mate Georginio Wijnaldum, who has called on the rest of the Reds squad to step up to the plate in Van Dijk's absence.

Holland international Van Dijk suffered a grade three ACL tear after a challenge from Everton keeper Jordan Pickford in this weekend's Merseyside derby.

Van Dijk will need surgery on his knee and could be out for as long as nine months.

Wijnaldum has opened up on the mood of the Liverpool dressing room since the news, and admitted that everyone is down in the dumps.

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"This was different than normal," said Wijnaldum. "The way it happened was really hard for us, and everyone still has a really bad feeling about it.

"None of the players slept. It's a hard one to take and it was a hard one for the team."

On how Van Dijk's absence could impact Liverpool's chances of retaining their Premier League crown this season, Wijnaldum added: "Virgil is a really important player in our team – he has showed that since he came in.

"He is a leader. It's up to us to show that we can still put in good performances without Virgil. We have to."

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