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PGMOL explain why Everton’s Jordan Pickford escaped red card following SHOCKING tackle which injured Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk in Merseyside derby

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Saturday’s Merseyside derby kicked off with early drama, with two early goals and the early departure of Liverpool centre-back Virgil van Dijk after a SHOCKING tackle from Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.

It was initially reported that the offside cancelled out any serious foul play, which meant Pickford was spared.



That’s people’s choice and that’s where the dilemma was, they didn’t feel it was serious foul play so it defaults back to the offside.” That mattered little to Van Dijk, though, as Pickford’s tackle spelled the end of his Merseyside derby.



A tackle is subjective because, is it serious foul play?

The England and Toffees No.1 was lucky to escape a red card after scything the Dutchman down in the box early on, clattering into his knee with a reckless challenge.

It appeared a certain penalty and sending off, but a VAR review showed Van Dijk was just offside before Pickford’s wild tackle.

It was a breathtaking clash at Goodison Park, which ended 2-2 after a late equaliser from in-form Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
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