No Punishment For Pickford Over Van Dijk Bad Tackle
Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford will not face retrospective action for his challenge with Virgil van Dijk in Saturday’s Merseyside derby. The FA determined that the incident was seen at the time after consulting with match officials, including the VAR.
The Liverpool defender suffered cruciate ligament damage when he was caught by Pickford in the first half. The injury is likely to keep him out for at least six months and potentially the rest of the season.
The FA has the power to intervene even if a decision is seen, but this is only used in exceptionally rare circumstances. Obviously, these circumstances do not apply on this occasion.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has refused to set a timetable for Van Dijk’s recovery, but says he will be out for a “pretty long time”, with a date for surgery yet to be agreed.
“Some things are clear, so now he will be out for a while, that’s clear,” Klopp said. “I was expecting it practically on Saturday immediately after the game, especially when I saw the challenge back. I saw him the first time alone from the bench, and when I saw him back it was pretty clear that he will be out for a long time.
“So right now right now we feel extremely, extremely sorry for him because most of us have been in a similar situation and we know these situations are absolutely silly.”