Klopp question Pickford's motivation on Van Dijk challenge

Klopp question Pickford's motivation on Van Dijk challenge

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has questioned the intentions of Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford in their 2-2 draw on Saturday in the Merseyside derby.

The England goalkeeper clashed with Virgil van Dijk, a move that saw the defender withdrawn from the game. With fears mounting that the Dutchman might be out or a longer period, Klopp said the goalkeeper pulled a challenge that he ought not to have done in the game.

"In the game, it was pretty quick. For me, it was a clear penalty what I saw and then obviously we saw that the flag went up, so offside. I still thought it's worth to have a look on the foul but that didn't happen. We have no power there, we just sit here and now you discuss it with me.

"We have to ask other people about that. What can I say? I don't want to say Jordan Pickford wanted to do it but it's, of course, not a challenge how a goalie can do it in the box because there's another player.

"If it's not offside, it's 100 per cent a penalty. So it's nothing, that's all," Klopp said after the game.

There are fears that van Dijk tore his ACL and might miss up to eight months of action with Liverpool already having first-choice keeper Alisson out with an injury ahead of their gruelling schedule that involves the Champions League.

Pickford had earlier apologized for the rash tackle on the defender saying that it was never his intention to injure the player. 

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