Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk forced off with injury after brutal Jordan Pickford tackle

Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk forced off with injury after brutal Jordan Pickford tackle

Virgil van Dijk was forced off injured early for Liverpool in the Merseyside derby with Everton after a collision with Jordan Pickford. That was after the Reds took an early lead thanks to Sadio Mane who hammered home from close range.

It looked like a penalty could be awarded to the Reds as VAR looked at the incident but Van Dijk was offside before Pickford’s tackle.

Joe Gomez replaced the Holland international and Everton drew level shortly afterwards thanks to a Michael Keane header from a corner.

Van Dijk hobbled off and to the make-shift Liverpool dressing room at Goodison Park looking downbeat.

The Reds will now wait to see the extent of the damage and whether the central defender will miss any further matches.

It is another injury blow for Liverpool with Naby Keita and Alisson currently sidelined for the Premier League champions.

Mane and Thiago Alcantara are back for the Reds though after testing positive for coronavirus over the international break.

Meanwhile, Liverpool fans were outraged by Pickford’s challenge.

One said: “Virg going down SUCKS! Changed all the momentum. Pickford very luck that was offside or it’s red. Now I worry about our CB depth with the amount of matches incoming. This one is here for the taking if you’re Everton.”

Another added: “So Pickford can’t get a yellow or red card for nearly breaking VVD’s leg because it was offside, yet you can get sent off after the full time whistle?”

A third exclaimed: “This is one horrible tackle. But I don’t get how Pickford is still on the pitch? Why is football being made overly complicated?

“That was a red, no questions asked. #MerseysideDerby.”

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Published at Sat, 17 Oct 2020 11:53:00 +0000