Jordan Pickford Gets Away With Horrific Tackle On Virgil van Dijk During Merseyside Derby
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Virgil van Dijk was forced off the pitch after sustaining a suspected leg injury following a horrific tackle from Jordan Pickford.
The Everton keeper clattered into the Liverpool defender in the early stages during the Merseyside derby.
Pickford clumsily tackled Van Dijk who had to be substituted.
"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
The England international did NOT receive a card due to Van Dijk being offside.
Needless to say, the incident involving Pickford and Van Dijk sent social media wild.
One Twitter user wrote: "I don't even understand the rules of football anymore how can that not be a red card?"
A second tweeted: "Kick/punch an opponent and get away with it cause it was offside... some of these rules."
A third added: "Even if Van Dijk is offside, does that give Pickford a licence to chop Van Dijk?"
Surely that rule needs looking at? Everton have come out of that situation with a net positive? Keep 11 men on the pitch despite Pickford's awful challenge, still only 1-0 down, but also now against a Liverpool side without Van Dijk #EVELIV
- Jack Rathborn (@JackRathborn) October 17, 2020
Pathetic how they haven't sent Pickford off for that. That's worth 3 goals losing Van Dijk. Embarrassing.
- Dean Coombes (@DeanCoombes) October 17, 2020
That's an absolutely horrific challenge from Pickford... Van Dijk is so so lucky to not break his leg there... dreadful
- Dougie Critchley (@DougieCritchley) October 17, 2020
Pickford could've easily torn Van Dijk's ACL there. Cynical challenge.
- Eduardo Hagn (@EduardoHagn) October 17, 2020
Joe Gomez replaced the injured Van Dijk with the Reds then conceding a goal after taking the lead through Sadio Mane.