Jordan Pickford has reportedly employed bodyguards after receiving demise threats for his sort out on Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk.
Earlier this month, the Everton goalkeeper was accountable for the poorly-timed problem which left Van Dijk with an ACL damage and appears set to sideline the Dutchman for the rest of the Premier League season.
Pickford escaped punishment however was closely criticised in skilled quarters, with Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp venting his frustration and Reds midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum describing the sort out as ‘silly’.
However extra critically, it has emerged the England No.1 acquired quite a few demise threats over the incident, that are being investigated by Merseyside Police.
Because of this, the Every day Mail studies the 26-year-old has employed a safety agency to observe over his home in Cheshire, the place he lives along with his spouse and his one-year-old son.
It’s claimed Pickford and his household have been suggested to remain off social media with a view to keep away from freely giving their location.
Toffees supervisor Carlo Ancelotti lately launched a passionate defence of Pickford, rubbishing the concept his problem was designed to harm Van Dijk.
“To be clear, we’re actually sorry for the damage of Virgil van Dijk,” mentioned Ancelotti. “Each one in every of us hopes he can get better quickly and nicely.
“Jordan arrived a bit of bit later however his intention was to attempt to attain the ball. It was to not harm Virgil van Dijk.
“To say it was premeditated, and this and that, in my view, is an excessive amount of. Virgil van Dijk is aware of this.
“Jordan is actually unhappy, actually disillusioned [that Van Dijk is injured].”