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13:09 17 Oct 2020

Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk was the unfortunate victim of a rash challenge from Everton's Jordan Pickford in today's Merseyside derby. 

Trailing 1-0 to an early Sadio Mane goal, the Everton 'keeper lunged leg-first at van Dijk as the defender moved in on the Everton goal.

To the great concern of Liverpool fans, the Dutch centre-half was deemed incapable of continuing on and was replaced by Joe Gomez.

Jordan Pickford Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk leaves the game with an injury after a challenge by Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford during the Premier League match at Goodison Park, Liverpool.

Despite the nature of Pickford's dangerous challenge, as Virgil van Dijk happened to be in an offside position when the tackle was made, the English 'keeper and Everton went unpunished.

For most watching today's Merseyside derby, the decision was met with incredulity.

Jordan Pickford Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk (right) is challenged by Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford during the Premier League match at Goodison Park, Liverpool.

Shortly after van Dijk was forced from the field of play, Michael Keane equalised for Carlo Ancelotti's side and the score currently stands at 1-1.

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