This weekend saw one of the most controversial Merseyside Derbies of recent times. The Reds went into the game with a point to prove and prove it they did, they just didn’t get the luck with the officials. Jürgen Klopp’s side can have their held high after an impressive performance but will be anxious to find out the extent of Virgil van Dijk’s injury. Jordan Henderson has revealed what Jordan Pickford told him after the game.
Referees rob Reds
Liverpool put in a fine performance at Goodison Park. The Reds played free flowing football, tearing the Everton defence to shreds at times.
There were standout performances from Jordan Henderson, Thiago and Sadio Mane as Jürgen Klopp’s side laid down a marker – telling the rest of the league that they are are just as good, if not better than they were last season.
The referees got it horrendously wrong though, neglecting to send off the Everton keeper early on and chalking off a winner for the Reds when Mane looked clearly onside.
Henderson and Pickford
Early in the game Virgil van Dijk was forced off with injury after the Everton goalie flew in at him at knee height.
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Just why the shot stopper wasn’t sent off is anybody’s guess, it was a disgraceful challenge. Speaking to BT Sport after the game, Jordan Henderson revealed that Jordan Pickford was sorry about the horror tackle:
“Everyone keeps asking us about it so I’m guessing it’s a red card. It mustn’t be a good challenge. To be fair, Jordan came up and apologised to me after the game and (told me) to tell Virgil.”
What RTK has to say
Well, he certainly had a lot to apologise for. The keeper should’ve been sent off and he could very well face retrospective action from the authorities. The challenge he put in on Van Dijk was sickening.
We are now sweating on results of Virgil van Dijk’s scan, waiting to learn the extent of the injury.
That horror tackle could be a season defining moment for the Reds. An apology is scant consolation for that.