Liverpool have dealt with all sorts of issues this season. Jürgen Klopp has had to contend with illness, injury and awful refereeing errors yet he is still top of the Premier League table. One of our lowest ebbs came on October but a man involved has shed some light on the situation. Michael Oliver has admitted Jordan Pickford should have been sent off against Liverpool.
Merseyside Derby Madness
In my life I don’t think I’ve seen so many awful decisions in one Merseyside Derby.
The game was utterly ruined by the petulance and recklessness of the Everton squad – namely Jordan Pickford and Richarlison – as well as the incompetence of the officials.
We can boil the anger down to two major incidents.
The first was Michael Oliver deciding not to send off Jordan Pickford after he flew in at Virgil van Dijk’s knees.
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The Dutchman was offside in the build up and everyone disregarded the ridiculous challenge thereafter.
In the closing minutes Sadio Mane was inexplicably ruled offside and Liverpool’s winner was subsequently chalked off.
Michael Oliver admits Jordan Pickford mistake
Ever since the game Kopites have been wondering just why the Everton keeper wasn’t given his marching orders.
Virgil van Dijk was ruled out for the season due to the goalie’s horror tackle.
In an interview with The Mail, Michael Oliver has admitted Jordan Pickford should’ve walked.
The referee said, “we could still have given offside and sent Pickford off”.
“We should have restarted with the offside, as we did, but with a different punishment for Jordan Pickford”.
What RTK has to say
Not only would being a man down have helped the Reds cruise to victory but the Everton keeper went on to make a string of impressive saves in the game.
The game turned on this moment and they got it so, so wrong.
The Reds are still top of the table but we could’ve built up some more momentum with a decisive Derby win behind us.
Alas, here we are. At least he’s owned up to his mistake.