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Pep Guardiola: I don’t like opponents losing important players for a long time

Virgil van Dijk sustained a severe ACL injury, and Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola sent a message of support to the Liverpool defender.

The Dutch defender was ruled out of action for the near future after Jordan Pickford’s nightmare tackle in the Merseyside Derby.

Van Dijk may be out for the rest of the campaign after he was injured by Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford during the Merseyside Derby on Saturday.

The news comes as a big blow to the Reds’ hopes of keeping the title they won last season in the Premier League, but Guardiola declined to be drawn on whether this time around he is now more optimistic of his side finishing top of the pile.

City itself was faced with a major problem last season when its center-back Aymeric Laporte injured his knee and was ruled out for four months.

“I cannot speak about how it will affect Liverpool. Jurgen can talk about this,” Guardiola said according to the Mirror.

“We wish him to get well soon and have a good recovery. I don’t like opponents losing important players for a long time.”

“I don’t know him but he looks strong so he’s going to come back well. We’ll wait for him to come back – the Premier League is better with good players and he is one of the best.”

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Pep Guardiola: I don’t like opponents losing important players for a long time

“Get well soon and all the best for him, his family, and all of them.”

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