The sort out by Everton keeper Jordan Pickford which left Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk needing knee surgical procedure was “fully silly”, says Reds midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum.
Wijnaldum stated “not one of the gamers slept” after what occurred on Saturday.
Supervisor Jurgen Klopp stated his emotions have been “much like my gamers”.
What occurred within the Merseyside derby?
Fabinho looped a cross to the far put up which Van Dijk was about to attempt to management when Pickford got here flying out feet-first and trapped the defender’s proper leg in a scissor-like motion. Van Dijk was instantly in ache.
Because the 29-year-old Netherlands centre-back was being handled, the video assistant referee (VAR) famous it was checking for a “doable penalty”. In the long run, it couldn’t have been a penalty as a result of Van Dijk was offside. Referee Michael Oliver gave a free-kick to Everton, Van Dijk left the pitch and the sport carried on.
Pickford didn’t face retrospective motion as a result of the Soccer Affiliation decided the incident was seen on the time having consulted with the match officers, together with VAR.
Late on within the recreation, which completed 2-2, Toffees ahead Richarlison was despatched off for a excessive sort out on Liverpool midfielder Thiago Alcantara.
Wijnaldum, who can be a team-mate of Van Dijk for the Netherlands, stated: “After all we’re upset. The way in which Pickford went in was fully silly.
“I consider he didn’t need to damage Virgil the best way he injured him.
“In my view, they take it too far within the video games we play towards them. Everybody needs to win the derby, typically you go a little bit excessive, however it was an excessive amount of – not solely his sort out, Richarlison on Thiago was additionally a nasty one.
“Accidents can occur in soccer. You will be unfortunate and injure somebody – however the best way they have been doing it was fully unacceptable.
“It makes it more durable as they don’t get punished, on this case Pickford.”
‘One thing occurred which mustn’t occur’
In addition to being with out Van Dijk and Thiago for his or her Champions League opener towards Ajax on Wednesday (20:00 BST kick-off), Liverpool have additional choice points on the again, with defender Joel Matip additionally lacking the journey to Amsterdam.
Midfielder Fabinho ought to fill in in central defence alongside Joe Gomez, with children Nat Phillips and Rhys Williams included within the squad.
Talking about Van Dijk’s damage, Klopp stated in a information convention on Tuesday: “We’re nonetheless delicate with the state of affairs, which you aren’t.
“The primary query you ask is: ‘What are you doing within the switch market?’ Our vice-captain and the very best centre-half on the planet isn’t taking part in for a very long time. We are going to see how lengthy and we work for options for now.
“A few days in the past, one thing occurred which mustn’t have occurred in a soccer recreation. It didn’t occur for the primary time and never the final, and I see it much like my gamers.
“Each challenges have been tough to just accept, let me say it like that.
“Virgil is our boy, a world-class participant and we’ll miss him. Accidents occur in soccer, however when two gamers attempt to problem for the ball.”
Liverpool are refusing to specify how lengthy Van Dijk will probably be out for till after his operation, which is but to be organized.
The Dutchman has been a key determine for the Reds since signing from Southampton for £75m in January 2018.
He performed each Premier League recreation for the membership up to now two seasons as Liverpool completed second in 2018-19 earlier than successful their first top-flight title in 30 years in 2019-20.
Klopp added: “On this recreation, just a few issues occurred collectively. The referee Michael Oliver, who is a wonderful referee normally, didn’t see it. I do not perceive why he didn’t see it. The VAR forgets the foundations.
“It’s not that I would like gamers punished, however it’s one thing we agree on. In case you do one thing unsuitable it’s important to cope with the results.
“Solely two persons are coping with it: Virgil and Thiago. And the remainder go on.
“We did nothing unsuitable within the recreation, nothing unsuitable since – however we’re nonetheless those who are suffering. That doesn’t really feel proper and it’s not straightforward to cope with these type of issues.”