Jurgen Klopp has issued an update on Virgil van Dijk after the Dutchman was forced off with a knee injury in the Merseyside derby. The Reds boss has been left furious by a number of questionable decisions at Goodison Park including the one that saw Jordan Pickford’s reckless challenge go unpunished, which could now see Van Dijk set for a spell on the sidelines.
Liverpool thought they’d done enough to win the game in stoppage time, when Jordan Henderson slotted him inside the penalty box.
The goal was eventually ruled out in controversial fashion by VAR, with Sadio Mane adjudged to have been offside.
Klopp was evidentially angry at full-time and the early signs are that Van Dijk’s injury could be very serious.
He told Sky Sports: “It’s not good. He plays with pain, he plays almost every game so but he couldn’t play on so it’s not good.”
While Klopp claims he is yet to see a replay of the challenge, he has a right to feel aggrieved that the decision was not reviewed by VAR.
“I didn’t see it back but it took a while so obviously it wasn’t too big an offside and Jordan Pickford takes him out the game,” he added.
“I didn’t see it back I only saw it briefly. For [Jordan] Henderson’s goal I didn’t see offside – but it is because someone decided it.”
Manchester United hero Gary Neville tweeted “Red card/penalty” at the time of the incident with many in agreement that Pickford was lucky to stay on the field.
Speaking to BT Sport, Klopp made it clear that he had no qualms with the performance and he feels the final scoreline was influenced by the officials.
“The performance was top,” he said. It was a top game, a good game from both teams. We were clearly dominant against a side full of confidence. It was probably the best game we’ve played at Goodison since I’ve been at Liverpool.
“But it’s still 2-2 for different reasons. Pickford kicks Van Dijk completely. I didn’t see it back but I saw Henderson’s goal from Sadio’s pass… I didn’t see offside. Maybe someone can explain it to me.
“It’s not just a red card on Thiago, it’s a messy foul and now we don’t know what [injury] he has. It looks not good to be honest.”
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