Jordan Pickford’s reckless challenge on Virgil van Dijk in the Merseyside derby resulted in the Dutch international requiring a surgery after injuring his ACL. Pundits and fans have been voicing their opinions on Pickford and VAR as the challenge went unpunished due to an offside decision.
The Dutch defender had a successful surgery today, but Liverpool have not placed a timeframe for his return yet. Adiran, who insisted he couldn’t defend Pickford’s challenge has now been joined. by his teammates Alisson and Wijnaldum. Speaking to Sky Sports, Alisson stated, “Every goalkeeper has a different way to play, a different way to move, but on that moment 100 per cent it is not a necessary movement. But thinking what I have in my mind when I go for a situation, I go to finish the situation because if I go too soft I know the opponent can score. Everyone has their own way to go for the ball. I don’t agree with that way, everybody can see that but yeah it was just an unnecessary moment and movement.“
Van Dijk’s club and international teammate Wijnaldum said “The way Pickford went in was completely stupid in my opinion. I don’t believe he wanted to injure Virgil but the way he made the tackle he didn’t care about what happened after the tackle. It’s happened a lot in games against Everton. In my opinion they take it too far in the games we play against them. I know it’s a derby and sometimes it goes over the top but it was too much. It was not the only tackle like that. Richarlison on Thiago was also a nasty one. That’s what annoys me the most. Accidents can always happen in football. You can be unlucky and injure someone but the way they were doing it was completely unacceptable. It makes it even harder when they don’t get punished, in this case Pickford“
Liverpool’s injury woes worsened in the midweek when Fabinho, who deputised in Van Dijk’s absence was withdrawn from their Champions League game against Midtjylland due to a hamstring injury. The Brazilian is expected to miss the crucial Premier League match against Manchester City next weekend.