The Dutchman was injured in the derby against Everton.
BRATISLAVA. Although Liverpool footballers extended more than a decade of invincibility in the city derby with Everton, they did not have much reason to rejoice after Saturday’s match (2: 2).
They lost a one-goal lead twice on the rival’s ground, in the end their VAR system for the millimeter offside deprived them of a winning goal and also lost the defensive leader for a long time.
Dutchman Virgil van Dijk was injured at the end of the fifth minute after a collision with Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.
The Englishman went into the fight very carelessly and without the tight offside of the Liverpool defender, a penalty would be at least imposed in favor of the away team.
Pickford would probably wander under the showers prematurely.
Klopp: It’s not good
However, the situation had more serious consequences. Van Dijk had to take turns six minutes later, and several English media outlets talk about the rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament in the knee (ACL).
In that case, according to the beIN Sports website, the Dutch defender would miss seven to eight months and miss Liverpool for the rest of the season.
“I’m not saying Pickford wanted to do that, but it’s not the way a goalkeeper should behave at 16 because there was another player,” Liverpool coach Jürgen Klopp told a news conference after the match.
“If it wasn’t an offside, it’s a 100 percent penalty. I don’t know how many matches Virgil played in the series. He also plays with pain, but he couldn’t continue now. It’s not good,” he added.
The procedure is criticized by experts
In the evening, a photo of Virgil van Dijk leaving the hospital about barrels appeared on social networks.
He did not miss a single minute in the Liverpool jersey in the previous 74 league matches and was a key player of the team on the way to the coveted championship title in the previous year.
The intervention of the best Premier League player in the 2018/2019 season was also condemned by former referee Peter Walton.
“Van Dijk was offside. However, Jordan Pickford’s foul is relevant, although the whistle may have sounded and the game has stopped. Players are still responsible for their actions. VAR is here to see if it was a dangerous game. .
I think it was a dangerous game and Pickford is lucky that he was not ruled out for such an intervention, “Waltona quoted inews.co.uk.
“A horrific intervention that has no place in football,” British journalist Jake Humphrey wrote on Twitter.
They asked for an explanation
Liverpool fans were not pleased with the situation from the set time, when Jordan Henderson’s goal was not recognized for Sadia Mané’s seemingly invisible offside.
This moment again sparked debates about the VAR system.
Liverpool’s management even officially asked Premier League representatives to explain which part of Mane’s body was taken into account, as well as the exact moment of Thiag Alcantar’s pass to the Senegalese striker.
Jürgen Klopp’s Aston Villa 2: 7 lost his balance in the second half. On the contrary, Everton is at the top of the table, with four wins and one draw.