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Breaking News ! Welcome to the Liverpool ECHO's news and transfers live blog. Here you will find all the latest Liverpool news, rumours and transfer gossip including links to Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips. The Reds drew 2-2 with Everton on Saturday and Jurgen Klopp will be sweating on the fitness of both Virgil van Dijk and Thiago Alcantara after two separate incidents during the game left them needing a trip to hospital. We'll have all the latest updates there as soon as they happen so stick with us and get involved by sending your thoughts to @LivEchoLFC or @MattAddison97. Subscribe to our FREE Liverpool FC newsletter, YouTube channel and listen to Blood Red Podcast. Key EventsVan Dijk and Thiago update12:2818:14Sean BradburyFan reaction to the Van Dijk newsPlenty of Reds are having their say on Twitter.Possible January business is one angle of the reaction so far.And all are hoping the current crop of centre-backs can step up in the absence of the big Dutchman:18:08Sean BradburyStatement from the club on Van DijkThis is what the club have said on the injury news tonight:Liverpool FC can confirm Virgil van Dijk will undergo surgery on the knee injury he sustained during Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Everton.The centre-back damaged knee ligaments following an incident involving Blues goalkeeper Jordan Pickford after six minutes at Goodison Park.Van Dijk was required to be substituted and further assessment on the injury has revealed an operation will be needed.No specific timescale is being placed upon his return to action at this stage.Following surgery, Van Dijk will begin a rehabilitation programme with the club’s medical team to enable him to reach full fitness as soon as possible.18:01Sean BradburyVirgil van Dijk injury latestOh no. The news nobody wanted but plenty were expecting...17:25Sean BradburyTim Cahill on Pickford and VARTim Cahill has questioned the VAR decision-making process after Jordan Pickford's reckless challenge on Virgil van Dijk in the derby.Look, I'm an Evertonian. But I'm looking at it as 'rules'.And VAR is a rule. Whether it works in favour of Everton or Liverpool.The key element is quite alarming. That an individual inside the VAR box can be subjective. There should be [none of that] whatsoever.He has a duty to the game to say the rules are as they are.Full story on his comments plus response from Dermot Gallagher here.17:17Sean BradburyVan Dijk planSo how does Klopp play it with Van Dijk expected to be on the sidelines?Ian Doyle has taken a look at centre-back options and whether there could be business in the January transfer market...Matt AddisonMust-read stories15:53Matt AddisonLiverpool stars ratedThe national press were impressed with Thiago Alcantara - it's hard not to be, really, isn't it?But not everyone was so keen on Fabinho.15:38Matt AddisonAldo unhappyVAR David Coote has come under scrutiny from plenty of people after his decision not to check the tackle from Jordan Pickford at Goodison Park yesterday.And ECHO columnist John Aldridge is no happier with him than any other Reds fan.He wrote for the Irish Independent: "A wonderful Merseyside derby was ruined by some crazy VAR decisions at Goodison Park, with my accusing finger not pointed at referee Michael Oliver after yesterday’s 2-2 draw.Jurgen Klopp faces a period of time without his star defender. (Image: Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)"If anyone can come up with a credible reason why VAR official David Coote did not let the referee know that he needed to look at Jordan Pickford’s first-half challenge on Virgil van Dijk, then I’m all ears."The wacky VAR lines that no one can work out told us Van Dijk was half a millimetre offside in the build-up, but that does not mean Pickford is allowed to clatter into the Liverpool centre-back and take him out around his knee."He says the tackle 'could put Liverpool’s entire Premier League title defence in peril'.The full extent of Van Dijk's injury is set to be revealed shortly. Liverpool believe that Thiago's knock - sustained when Richarlison was sent off - is not as serious.15:26Matt AddisonTransfer rumours ratedI've rounded up the latest speculation and given a verdict on each rumour right here, so you don't have to look around for today's gossip - it's all in one handy place.15:03Matt AddisonEvery one of Salah's 100 goalsHere's a Sunday afternoon treat for you. Delightful.https://www.instagram.com/p/CGe_GojDC8y/14:53Matt AddisonMignolet tests positive for COVID-19Former Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has tested positive for COVID-19, his side Club Brugge have confirmed.He was in goal when Jordan Henderson and co faced Belgium for England during the international break.Three other Brugge stars have also had positive tests.14:42Matt AddisonHarvey Elliott speaksHe could make his Blackburn debut as they take on Watford at Vicarage Road on Wednesday night.14:33Matt AddisonMore Salah loveWhichever way you look at it, Mohamed Salah is one of the greats.14:26Matt AddisonCesc unimpressedThis one will still hurt for Liverpool fans.Cesc Fabregas has offered his thoughts on the decision - and most people will agree with him.
.13:54Matt Addison100 clubThere are some incredible goals to pick from.13:46Matt AddisonMoments missed!You won't have seen many of these, but thankfully Paul Gorst did.13:31Matt AddisonBrewster debut13:28Matt AddisonBarca plot triple moveRonald Koeman and Barcelona are reportedly plotting to move for Gini Wijnalum on a cut-price deal in January.According to the Daily Mirror, they are also going to move for Man City defender Eric Garcia, who they also wanted during the summer.His contract also expires at the end of the season, as does Memphis Depay's. The Dutch winger was also on the Catalan's transfer shortlist.Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp with Gini Wijnaldum during a training session at Melwood (Image: Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)Barcelona have had financial troubles - hence why they didn't sign Wijnaldum this year - so signing players up on the cheap seems sensible.But would Liverpool want to lose Wijnaldum mid-way through the season? I guess it depends on the fee involved.13:11Matt AddisonThomas Gronnemark exclusiveThe Liverpool coach on his work with Jurgen Klopp, why he has changed his stance on working for a direct rival, and the lowdown on two of the Reds' Champions League opponents, including Ajax, who they play on Wednesday.If you prefer things in written form, here is part one of the interview in that format. Parts two and three are to come later.12:50Matt AddisonThiago passing masterclassThe goal might have been disallowed, but the pass was absolutely majestic.And it was played by Thiago not long after Richarlison had been sent off for clattering into him.12:32Matt AddisonHarry Wilson is on!Just 29 minutes into the game, Cardiff are forced into a change and Harry Wilson makes his debut.12:28KEY EVENTVan Dijk and Thiago updatePaul Gorst has the latest on the two Liverpool stars.11:49Matt AddisonVan Dijk seeing a specialistLiverpool will reportedly find out the extent of the defender's injury today, according to ESPN sources.When that news does break, we will have it for you first right here.11:41Matt Addison£125m a game!According to the Daily Mail, Liverpool could have earned more from one game under Project Big Picture than they do in the entire season under the current agreement on foreign broadcasting rights.At the moment, the Reds share of foreign TV rights is less than the £125 million fee the Mail claim they believe they could get for a single match should they be able to negotiate it themselves.Nick Harris writes:"A key element of the on-hold ‘Project Big Picture’ (PBP) proposal by Liverpool and Manchester United was letting Premier League clubs sell eight games each season from 2022 direct to overseas fans. Their jaw-dropping income potential shows why."In 2019-20, champions Liverpool earned around £61million from the 20 Premier League clubs’ £1.1billion share of foreign rights deals."Under the PBP proposals, and based on TV viewing data obtained by the Mail on Sunday, a best-case scenario might see Liverpool earn £125m from selling a single game to foreign broadcasters in 2022-23."General view inside the stadium as a TV camera is showing the pitch ahead of the Premier League match between Southampton FC and Liverpool FC at St Mary's Stadium (Image: Photo by Southampton FC/Southampton FC via Getty Images)11:28Matt AddisonNumber OneCongratulations to Jamie Webster - the first ever Official Folk Albums Chart topper!11:20Matt AddisonHarry Wilson on the benchHe could come off the sidelines for his new club today, where he's spending the season on loan.And the pressure is on him to deliver...11:08Matt AddisonAndy Robertson unimpressedThe Liverpool left-back was not happy with the challenges that were being thrown in by Everton's players at Goodison Park.Robertson told Liverpool's TV channel: "To be honest, I never saw [the Jordan Pickford challenge]. I just saw Virg going down."But the lads when they came in at half-time said it was a shocking challenge, so that’s two they’ve done us with today."I think it was already offside and they’d maybe called it, but for me it was the same as Richarlison’s. The whistle had already gone and he went flying in, it’s a red card." Thiago and Jurgen Klopp walk off the Goodison Park pitch (Image: CATHERINE IVILL/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)On the late goal from Jordan Henderson being chalked off, he added: "I looked when Thiago played the ball and I thought it could be [offside], it couldn’t be."But Hendo’s just scored the winner in the derby – so we thought – so you can’t not celebrate it."Then you just wait for the decision and obviously the ref took a long time, we knew it was going to be a close one, we know it’s sadly not going to go in our favour."Look, it is what it is, we move on from it. We probably needed a couple more minutes with the 10 men after the shocking challenge, and if we had a bit of time then maybe we would have nicked it."10:55Matt AddisonPickford tackle 'as bad as Roy Keane on Haaland'It wasn't the best challenge in the world from Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, it goes without saying...The full extent of Virgil van Dijk's injury is not yet known, though he was taken to hospital for a scan last night and left on crutches. We will have all the latest as and when it comes in.TalkSPORT pundit Tony Cascarino – the former Chelsea and Republic of Ireland forward – believes Pickford’s tackle was as bad as Roy Keane’s on Alf-Inge Haaland in 2001.Cascarino said: "The challenge… just, wow! We give yellow cards so readily and so quickly for minor incidents, and then you see a tackle that is as bad as the one Keane did on Haaland.Virgil van Dijk collides with Jordan Pickford during the Premier League match between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park (Image: Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)"It was just horrendous! We talk about dangerous tackles and two-footing and lunging in and being reckless – Jordan Pickford was everything as bad as it could be."I don’t think you can ever say it’s intentional – only the player can answer that – but if you are going to throw yourself, launch yourself, at somebody out of control…"When I saw it I thought, ‘wow!’"10:35Matt AddisonNational media reactionVAR is predictably at the centre of things this morning...
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