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Everton's Jordan Pickford showcases the good, the bad and the ugly | Jonathan Wilson

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The goalkeeper should have been sent off early on in the Merseyside derby against Liverpool, went on to make some outstanding saves before getting away with a late blunder erhaps the most remarkable aspect of Everton’s start to the season is not that they are top of the league, but that they are top of the league with Jordan Pickford in the sort of mood he’s been in for the past 18 months.

Everton survived and Pickford survived but Van Dijk did not.

He may also have cost Liverpool the title.

But at some point Everton need to decide whether their fine start can be sustained with a human Jägerbomb in goal.

The Pickford challenge that caused it was typical, of a piece with the pathological proactivity that led to Denmark’s penalty against England on Wednesday.

How bad Virgil van Dijk’s knee injury is remains to be seen, but the point is that it could have been extremely serious – and given his importance to the champions, any game he misses is significant.

At the same time, Adrián, with a series of aimless hoofs, was showing just why managers value Pickford’s distribution so highly.
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