Van Dijk was substituted after Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford came out of his goal and slammed the Netherlands center-back at knee height in the eighth minute.
Thiago, meanwhile, played all 90 minutes, but Klopp revealed that the Spain international was uncomfortable after the game following a late challenge against Richarlison’s midfielder, which led the Brazilian to be sent off in the 90th minute.
“When I left the pitch, Thiago told me in the red card situation with Richarlison that he thought he had injured himself,” Klopp said in his post-match press conference, both players having been sent for scans of their injuries.
“We’ll see if it’s true or not, but if he felt like that, then we have to take a look.” ”
Asked about the severity of Van Dijk’s injury, Klopp added: “It’s not good. Virgil has played so many games in a row, but he couldn’t keep playing, so it’s not good. “
Pickford was saved from the concession of a penalty – and possibly a red card – by a marginal decision from VAR which ruled Van Dijk’s shoulder offside with Liverpool leading as the strike hit Sadio Mane in the third minute.
The England goalkeeper could have been sent off had the VAR recommended on-pitch referee Michael Oliver to review the incident as players can face penalties for serious foul play or violent conduct after the whistle blows.
Everton took advantage of the absence of Liverpool’s defensive hub as the hosts equalized in the 20th minute.
Adrian was forced to parry Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s shot from behind and from the resulting corner the Liverpool keeper put both hands on Michael Keane’s head but could only push him into the roof of the net.
Mohamed Salah scored his 100th goal for Liverpool to put the Reds back ahead with 18 minutes remaining, before Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s header recovered a point for Everton.
Unlike the previous Pickford incident, there was no VAR reprieve for Richarlison’s lunge on Thiago, while Jordan Henderson also believed his stoppage goal had won him for Liverpool only for the sake of it. ‘he is ruled out for the tightest offside.
Klopp added: “It’s tricky, but we lost a player in a situation where VAR was not involved. [Pickford on Van Dijk] and maybe another in the red card situation [Richarlison on Thiago], and we scored a legitimate goal that didn’t count. It was obviously not our day but it was the performance that I wanted to see. ”
Klopp: Pickford conteste Van Dijk un «penalty clair»
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp had no doubts his side were wrongly denied a ‘clear penalty’ against England goalkeeper Pickford’s challenge to Van Dijk.
He said: “In the game it was pretty quick. For me it was a clear penalty that I saw. Then, obviously, we saw the flag go up, so offside. I always thought it was worth it it doesn’t happen.
“We have no power there, we just sit here and you discuss it with me. You have to ask other people about it, not me. What can I say?
Sky Sports expert Gary Neville took to Twitter to say the challenge warrants both a penalty and a red card for Pickford, while former England international Sue Smith on Football Saturday added: “Pickford is gone and it’s a terrible challenge for Van Dijk. You can see his knee twist.
“He was given as offside – otherwise it was a penalty and Pickford could have gone for it. It is a truly horrible challenge. “