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"Awful, terrible tackle": Alan Shearer shocked by Pickford on Van Dijk

This weekend was a tough one to be a Liverpool fan. The Reds put in a tremendous performance at Goodison Park but they were denied a victory by more than questionable refereeing decisions. Jürgen Klopp’s side can feel hard done by given their efforts. Speaking on Match of the Day, Alan Shearer was shocked by the Jordan Pickford challenge on Virgil van Dijk.

Alan Shearer was shocked by the Jordan Pickford challenge on Virgil van Dijk. (Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Violent spirit of the Blues

Liverpool went to Goodison Park with a point to prove. Jürgen Klopp’s men had just been hammered by Aston Villa and they were looking to set the record straight.

To a large extent, they did. The Reds hammered their neighbours and would’ve won the game convincingly had the referees not made some horrendous errors.

The Everton keeper should’ve been sent off early doors for a tackle challenge lunge at the Reds’ towering centre back.

At the death the visitors were denied a winner by a bizarre offside decision; absolutely every angle appeared to show Sadio Mane to be onside.

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Alan Shearer on Pickford and Van Dijk

Speaking on Match of the Day, Alan Shearer was shocked by the Jordan Pickford leap at Virgil van Dijk.

The Newcastle United legend was incensed, bewildered that the England keeper was allowed to stay on the pitch. Shearer told the show:

“It was an awful challenge, a real terrible tackle. The first mistake comes from Michael Oliver for not spotting it anyway.

“They gave offside, the VAR referee is concentrating on the offside, but once that has been given, how has David Coote not recommended to Michael Oliver that he goes and looks at it? That’s what VAR was meant to be brought in for – for clear and obvious errors.

“Michael Oliver has had one there, it’s serious foul play, it’s endangering the opponent, and it’s clear it’s a red card.

“It should be a red card, and VAR should send Michael Oliver to the monitor and say ‘I think you’ve made a clear error, send him off’.”

What RTK has to say

Andy Gray is the only pundit so far, to my knowledge, who has defended the decision to not send Pickford off.

Maybe in his day it would be a yellow but, let’s be honest, he’s known for being a bit stuck in the past isn’t he.

It is frustrating to see that absolutely everybody can see that it was a clear red card, everybody apart from the only people who mattered.

Just how this was allowed to happen is beyond me. Fingers crossed there’ll be a review and the keeper will get the punishment he deserves.

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