Memphis Depay reveals t-shirt message for Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk after scoring for Lyon


We’re more than a week on from last weekend’s Merseyside Derby and the fallout rumbles on.

After Everton’s Lucas Digne was sent off against Southampton on Sunday, Carlo Ancelotti suggested it was because of the criticism Jordan Pickford and Richardson received for their tackles against Liverpool.

"The [Digne] red card was a joke, it was not intentional, for sure it was not violent," he said.

"Maybe all this talk all week against Pickford, against Richarlison, affected the decision and if so it's not right, it's not fair. We will appeal, for sure."

Against Liverpool, Pickford launched into a shocking tackle on Virgil van Dijk early on which caused a serious knee injury. We’re unlikely to see Van Dijk play for the remainder of the season.

Then, late on, Richarlison was sent off for his terrible tackle on Thiago. Luckily, the Spaniard avoided serious injury.

But it’s Pickford’s tackle on Van Dijk that has dominated headlines. Of course, it’s never nice to see a player ruled out for about 12 months - especially if that player is arguably the best defender in the world.


And it’s not just Liverpool fans who are sad to see Van Dijk sidelined with a career-threatening injury.

His International teammate, Memphis Depay is also pretty sad.

That’s because, after scoring on Sunday night, he lifted up his t-shirt with a message to his compatriot.

It read: “Virgil, stay strong my brother.”


Liverpool won their first Premier League match since Van Dijk's injury against Sheffield United on Saturday. Before that 2-1 win, manager Jurgen Klopp admitted the club aren't going to put a timescale on the defender's return.

“I can understand people are interested in that,” said Klopp.

“Virgil was here, he’s OK. But about when the surgery will happen and stuff like this, I don’t think it makes sense that we give pretty much a time schedule every day.

“But it will be fine and will happen in an appropriate time. So, that’s it pretty much – he is as good as possible.


“We don’t even want to know it, to be honest. It will take time, that’s clear.

“In the end, it’s really like this: all people are different and so we should not limit that by saying ‘for him it was that long, for him it was that long’.

“I think it makes sense from a specific moment in the recovery, in the rehab time, that it becomes individual because then everybody copes differently with it and each body. That’s why [there is] no need for [a timeframe].”

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