Liverpool Skipper Jordan Henderson Reveals Conversation Over Virgil Van Dijk Challenge With Everton's Jordan Pickford
Jordan Pickford apologised to Jordan Henderson for his challenge on Virgil van Dijk in Saturday's Merseyside derby.
The Everton goalkeeper injured the Dutchman in the first half of the 2-2 draw at Goodison Park after a shocking scissor-motion tackle completely took him out.
He had to be replaced by Joe Gomez, while Pickford escaped any form of punishment because Van Dijk was deemed to be offside and VAR ruled it wasn't worthy of a red card.
"He could have easily been sent off."- Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) October 17, 2020
"I'm very surprised it's just been forgotten about?"
Jordan Pickford's challenge on Virgil van Dijk did not look good :grimacing:
Should VAR have stepped in after this? pic.twitter.com/wTcW6CHcIf
It's been reported by the Liverpool Echo that Pickford tried to say sorry to Van Dijk who dismissed his apology then uttered: "No."
Pickford was then said to have been told to 'go away' as his help was not wanted. However, Pickford did have a conversation with England teammate Henderson about the incident and asked him to send an apology to Van Dijk.
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"Everyone keeps asking us about it so I'm guessing it's a red card. It mustn't be a good challenge," he said post-match, as per the Express.
"To be fair, Jordan came up and apologised to me after the game and [told me] to tell Virgil.
"It mustn't be great. But yeah, not just that incident, we created so many good chances to score and overall we should've won the game."
Pickford has made a similarly late challenge on international colleague Dele Alli against Spurs back in December 2018 and was not punished for that either as the whistle had been blown.
Van Dijk did not require a stretcher to leave the pitch but there are fears he could be set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines having potentially suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury.
There's been no official word from Liverpool, but ESPN's Mark Ogden says Van Dijk underwent scans last night and is poised to find out "a clear diagnosis" when he sees a specialist.