There are moments which define seasons. We can point to a few from the Reds’ title winning campaign; Sadio Mane’s late winner at Aston Villa is certainly one example. This season there is an early contender for the most defining moment – a moment of madness in the Merseyside Derby. Carlo Ancelotti has spoken about the horror tackle on Virgil van Dijk.
Merseyside Derby Madness
Last weekend we saw one of the most controversial Merseyside Derbies of recent times.
The Reds thoroughly deserved the win but were denied the three points by some horrendous officiating.
Jordan Pickford should’ve been sent off early on after flying in at Virgil van Dijk.
The goalkeeper’s reckless tackle tore the Dutchman’s ACL and has ruled the defender out for the season.
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Pickford went on to make a number of smart saves but his blushes were spared when Jordan Henderson’s winner was dubiously chalked off for offside.
Ancelotti on Van Dijk injury
On Sunday we learned that the Reds’ talismanic centre back would undergo surgery and is unlikely to play again this season.
Speaking at a pre-match press conference, Carlo Ancelotti has spoken on the Virgil van Dijk injury:
“To be clear, we are really sorry for the injury of Virgil van Dijk. Jordan arrived a little bit later but his intention was to try to reach the ball. It was not to hurt Virgil van Dijk.
“To say it was premeditated, and this and that, in my opinion, is too much. Virgil van Dijk knows this. Jordan is really sad, really disappointed (that he is injured).”
What RTK has to say
We’ve all calmed down a bit now – it’s just one of those horrible accidents.
To be clear though, premeditated or not, the injury was a result of Pickford’s sheer recklessness and disregard.
We don’t believe that he set out to injure Van Dijk for the season but the way he went into the challenge was always going to cause some damage.
All we can do is accept the gaffer’s apologies and move on – we showed against Ajax that we can still keep clean sheets in the Dutchman’s absence.