Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that Liverpool are looking forward to discovering the way Virgil Van Dijk and Thiago Alcantara were injured in Saturday’s 2-2 win over Everton.
Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford fired his own goal in the eighth minute to replace Van Dijk with a Netherlands center-back knee-high clitoris.
Thiago has already played the full 90 minutes, but Klopp revealed that the Spanish international was upset after Richardson’s late midfield challenge, which led to the Brazilian’s departure in the 90th minute.
“Thiago told me in a red card situation with Richlison when I left the pitch,” Klopp told a news conference after the match. “He sent two players to be injured and sent for a scan.”
“We’ll see if it’s true, but if he feels that way, we should see him once.”
Asked about the severity of Van Dijk’s injury, Klopp added: “It’s not good. Virgil played a lot of games, but he couldn’t, so it’s not good.”
Pickford escaped a penalty acknowledgment – and was probably shown a red card – in a marginal VAR decision that ruled that Van Dijk was offside on the shoulder, with Sadio Mann leading Liverpool through a third-minute strike.
If the England goalkeeper is advised by field referee Michael Oliver to look into the matter again, the English goalkeeper may be fired as the players may be punished for serious misconduct or violence after blowing the whistle.
Everton benefited from the absence of Liverpool’s defensive launchpin as the hosts equalized in the 20th minute.
Adrian was forced to throw Dominic Calvert-Levin’s shot back and as a result the Liverpool goalkeeper got both hands from the corner to Michael Kane’s header but it could only have been pushed into the roof of the net.
Mohamed Salah scored his 100th goal for Liverpool in the 18th minute with the Reds in the lead, before Dominic Calvert-Levin’s header saved a point for Everton.
Unlike previous Pickford incidents, no VAR was recovered for Richardson’s lunge at Thiago, while Jordan Henderson thought his stoppage-time goal would win for Liverpool only to avoid the smallest offside.
Klopp added: “It’s difficult, but we lost a player where VAR was not involved. [Pickford on Van Dijk] And the red card situation could be one more [Richarlison on Thiago], And we have achieved a legitimate goal that did not count. “Obviously it wasn’t our day, but it was the performance I wanted to see.”
Klopp: Pickford Challenge Van Dyke a ‘clean punishment’
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has no doubt that his team mistakenly denied a “clear penalty” due to England goalkeeper Pickford’s challenge against Van Dyck.
He said: “It was very fast in the game. To me it was a clear punishment that I saw then. But obviously we saw the flag rise so high.
“We don’t have the energy there, we just sit here and you discuss it with me. You have to ask me about other people, not me. What can I say?”
Sky Sports Pundit Gary Neville said on Twitter that both a penalty and a red card for Pickford supported the challenge, with former England international Sui Smith Soccer Saturday Added: “Pickford has flown in and it’s a terrible challenge for Van Dijk. You can see his knees twisting.
“It was given offside – if it hadn’t been for the penalty and Pickford could have gone in his favor. It’s a really terrible challenge.”
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