The sort out by Everton keeper Jordan Pickford which left Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk needing knee surgical procedure was “utterly silly”, says Reds midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum.
Wijnaldum mentioned “not one of the gamers slept” after what occurred on Saturday.
Supervisor Jurgen Klopp mentioned his emotions had been “just like my gamers”.
What occurred within the Merseyside derby?
Fabinho looped a cross to the far publish 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 “potential penalty”. Ultimately, 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 sport, 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, mentioned: “After all we’re upset. The way in which Pickford went in was utterly silly.
“I imagine he didn’t wish to damage Virgil the way in which he injured him.
“For my part, they take it too far within the video games we play in opposition to them. Everybody needs to win the derby, generally you go a bit excessive, nevertheless 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 could be unfortunate and injure somebody – however the way in which they had been doing it was utterly unacceptable.
“It makes it tougher 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 in opposition to 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 mentioned in a information convention on Tuesday: “We’re nonetheless delicate with the scenario, which you aren’t.
“The primary query you ask is: ‘What are you doing within the switch market?’ Our vice-captain and one of the best centre-half on the earth shouldn’t be enjoying for a very long time. We’ll 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 sport. It didn’t occur for the primary time and never the final, and I see it just like my gamers.
“Each challenges had been troublesome to simply accept, let me say it like that.
“Virgil is our boy, a world-class participant and we are going to 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 might 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 sport for the membership prior to now two seasons as Liverpool completed second in 2018-19 earlier than profitable their first top-flight title in 30 years in 2019-20.
Klopp added: “On this sport, a number of 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 principles.
“It isn’t that I would like gamers punished, however it’s one thing we agree on. Should you do one thing fallacious it’s important to cope with the implications.
“Solely two persons are coping with it: Virgil and Thiago. And the remaining go on.
“We did nothing fallacious within the sport, nothing fallacious since – however we’re nonetheless those that suffer. That doesn’t really feel proper and it isn’t straightforward to cope with these sort of issues.”