Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum has slammed Jordan Pickford for his reckless sort out on Virgil van Dijk in Saturday’s Merseyside derby.
The Reds had been dealt an enormous blow over the weekend because it was confirmed the influential Dutchman requires surgical procedure on an ACL damage and will miss the the rest of the 2020/21 season.
His absence is a large fear for the reigning Premier League champions, and doubts have been solid over their title credentials now he’s set for a protracted spell on the sidelines.
And now his Liverpool and Netherlands teammate Wijnaldum has slammed Pickford for his ‘utterly silly’ sort out on Van Dijk and criticised Everton for his or her overly-aggressive strategy all through the derby.
“After all we’re upset,” stated Wijnaldum. “The best way Pickford went in was utterly silly for my part.
“I don’t consider he needed to injure Virgil however the best way he made the sort out he didn’t care about what occurred after the sort out. It’s occurred rather a lot in video games in opposition to Everton.
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“For my part they take it too far within the video games we play in opposition to them. I do know it’s a derby and typically it goes excessive however it was an excessive amount of. It was not the one sort out like that. Richarlison on Thiago was additionally a nasty one. That’s what annoys me probably the most.
“Accidents can all the time occur in soccer. You will be unfortunate and injure somebody however the best way they had been doing it was utterly unacceptable. It makes it even tougher once they don’t get punished, on this case Pickford.”
Jurgen Klopp’s defensive choices have been stretched even additional after Joel Matip didn’t prepare forward of their Champions League opener in opposition to Ajax on Wednesday
It means Liverpool are more likely to line up with Joe Gomez and midfielder Fabinho in central defence.
Midfielder Thiago Alcantara, who injured a knee in a sort out which noticed Everton’s Richarlison despatched off within the derby, additionally didn’t prepare and is unlikely to play.
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