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Liverpool fans react to the Jordan Pickford incident

A number of Liverpool fans have reacted on Twitter after Jordan Pickford escaped a red card following a cynical challenge on Virgil van Dijk which saw the Dutchman hobble off with an injury inside 10 minutes.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 17: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT )Virgil van Dijk of Liverpool collides with Everton’s goalkeeper Jordan Pickford during the Premier League match between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park on October 17, 2020 in Liverpool, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

The match itself was an enthralling spectacle as Liverpool and Everton played out a 2-2 draw at Goodison Park. The Reds came flying out of the blocks and were exceptional from start-to-finish. Sadio Mane opened the scoring on the third-minute mark before Micahel Keane equalised from a corner.

Liverpool may have dominated the first half but the second period was much more evenly contested. Mohamed Salah was a peripheral figure for most of the match but showcased his quality with a stunning finish to regain the Reds’ advantage.

The Premier League champions huffed and puffed for that all-important third goal to give Liverpool a bit of breathing space but were consistently thwarted by a number of outstanding saves from Pickford – a fitting irony.

It wasn’t just Liverpool supporters who felt that Pickford’s challenge should have warranted a sending off but pundits and ex-players alike also.

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Anfield icon Luis Garcia was totally bemused that no action followed the challenge and argued that the incident looks even worse after numerous viewings.

 

Former Chelsea striker Chris Sutton, who now works as a pundit for BBC Sport, has also stated on Twitter that the England international should have been dismissed for his erratic challenge on Van Dijk.

Despite a total absence of good fortune and the number of off-field decisions that went against Liverpool, Klopp will be more than pleased with the performance of his players.

From the first whistle, Liverpool executed the German manager’s plan to perfection. They were aggressive, tenacious, innovative and polar opposite to the meek surrender that occurred at Villa Park two weeks ago.

It is still increasingly difficult to believe that such a display wasn’t rewarded with a victory. The result ensures Liverpool still trail Everton by three points at the top of the Premier League table.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 17: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT )Virgil van Dijk of Liverpool collides with Everton’s goalkeeper Jordan Pickford during the Premier League match between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park on October 17, 2020 in Liverpool, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Following the stalemate, a number of Liverpool supporters have given their outtake on the Pickford incident which could still prove costly for the Reds given the uncertainty regarding Van Dijk’s physical condition.

Here are a selection of responses from Kopites challenging the decision…

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