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Jordan Pickford challenge on Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk branded ‘as bad as Roy Keane on Haaland’ as Everton goalkeeper slammed for ‘horrendous’ tackle

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Tony Cascarino believes Jordan Pickford’s tackle on Virgil van Dijk during Saturday’s Merseyside derby was as bad as the challenge Roy Keane famously put in on Alf-Inge Haaland.

Pickford avoided a red card for his early clash with Liverpool defender Van Dijk, with refereeing board PGMOL later explaining it was subjectively decided the Everton goalkeeper had tried to play the ball.



But he flew in high and scissored his legs across Van Dijk, who crumpled to the ground and may now miss up to EIGHT months with an ACL injury.



We give yellow cards so readily and so quickly for minor incidents, and then you see a tackle that is as bad as the one Roy Keane did on Alf-Inge Haaland.

That Manchester derby challenge is widely considered to be the worst tackle EVER seen in the Premier League, with Keane later admitting it was an act of vengeance against Haaland for an incident between the pair a few years earlier.

And talkSPORT’s very own Cascarino – the former Chelsea and Republic of Ireland forward – believes Pickford’s tackle was as bad as Keane’s on Haaland in 2001.

“We talk about dangerous tackles and two-footing and lunging in and being reckless – Jordan Pickford was everything as bad as it could be.
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