October 30, 2020

Virgil van Dijk snubbed Pickford concern and Mane waved Everton goalkeeper away after horror tackle on Liverpool ace

Virgil van Dijk snubbed Pickford concern and Mane waved Everton goalkeeper away after horror tackle on Liverpool ace

VIRGIL van Dijk snubbed Jordan Pickford’s concern and Sadio Mane was also uninterested in help from the Everton goalkeeper after his horror tackle in Saturday’s thrilling Merseyside derby.

The Liverpool players were not happy after their defensive star was hacked down by the opposition goalie.

Neither Van Dijk nor Mane were happy with Pickford's conduct

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Neither Van Dijk nor Mane were happy with Pickford’s conductCredit: Eddie Keogh Telegraph Media Group
Pickford lunged to try and stop the defender scoring at the back post

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Pickford lunged to try and stop the defender scoring at the back postCredit: Eddie Keogh Telegraph Media Group

They were even unhappier when VAR failed to take any action to punish a tackle so excessive Van Dijk was left to trudge off the field with injury and be substituted.

Reports even suggest he could facing months on the sidelines.

Van Dijk and his teammate Mane – who scored the opening goal in this epic encounter – were not happy with Pickford’s recklessness and made it clear.

Pictures show both of them snubbing any help from the goalkeeper who tried to make amends.

Van Dijk dismissed the assistance of the keeper as he came over to help out.

He reportedly shouted ‘No!’ as the guilty man emerged on the scene.

And Mane actively ushered Pickford away as the Liverpool players expressed their disdain with the keeper’s wild antics.

It was one of several flashpoints from a fast and furious 2-2 draw which left Reds boss Jurgen Klopp seething.

Van Dijk was led off the pitch by a medic after Pickford's tackle left him unable to continue

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Van Dijk was led off the pitch by a medic after Pickford’s tackle left him unable to continueCredit: Reuters

Thiago was also victim to rough Everton treatment as Richarlison’s flying tackle on the ex-Bayern Munich man saw him sent off and Thiago needing the hospital.

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Richarlison later apologised.

And Jordan Henderson was denied a late winner after the latest fractional offside call by VAR penalised Mane.

In between all these moments of drama, a brilliant game of football was being played.

Michael Keane and Dominic Calvert-Lewin cancelled out goals by Mane and Mohamed Salah in an end-to end encounter.

The draw left Everton with a three point advantage at the top of the table, while their neighbours moved up to second.

Jurgen Klopp says he doesn’t know how serious Van Dijk’s injury is and discusses the off-side situation