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Why Everton’s Jordan Pickford was fortunate to escape red card following SHOCKING tackle which injured Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk in Merseyside derby

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There was a dramatic start to Saturday’s Merseyside derby, with two early goals and the early departure of Liverpool centre-back Virgil van Dijk, who limped off after a SHOCKING tackle from Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.

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

It spelled the end of Van Dijk’s Merseyside derby as the Dutch centre-back limped off and was subsequently replaced by Joe Gomez.

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

No penalty but the Everton and England No.1 was fortunate to avoid dismissal.

It was initially reported that the offside cancelled out the serious foul play, however, ESPN journalist Dale Johnson has revealed that VAR failed to check whether it was a red card due to the analysis of the offside.

The Toffees centre-back rose basically unchallenged in the penalty area to plant a firm header on the set-piece.
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