Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford was not disciplined in the collision that caused midfielder Van Dijk to break his knee ligament on October 17.
Liverpool are believed to have contacted the English Football Federation (FA) to ask for some clarification on derby decisions. However, according to Sky Sports, the FA confirmed no penalty Pickford. This agency only considers prosecution for incidents that the referee cannot see on the field or at the VAR room.
In the sixth minute of the match at Goodison Park, Pickford took the ball with Van Dijk. Goalkeeper Everton used both feet to the ball, and stiffened the right knee of the Dutch midfielder, making him unable to avoid and breaking the diagonal ligament before.
The collision between Pickford and Van Dijik took place at the beginning of the Merseyside derby in the Premier League round six on October 17.
Pickford did not receive a penalty after the collision. According to VAR, goalkeeper Everton’s fault did not deserve the card. Liverpool were also not awarded a penalty, as Van Dijk fell offside.
Van Dijk had to scan immediately after the collision. The results showed that he had to undergo surgery.
According to internal sources Liverpool, Van Dijk may be out of play for up to seven months. This means that the Dutch star cannot return to play for the remainder of the 2020-2021 season.
According to former defender Jamie Carragher, Van Dijk’s long-term leave will expand the Premier League championship race. After losing the best midfielder, Liverpool is said to face the risk of not being able to protect the crown.
Van Dijk started playing for Liverpool in January 2018. In nearly three years with him, he has not been absent from the Premier League, kicked 93 games, helped Liverpool win 72, lost only seven, scored 10 goals and received four yellow cards. The Dutch midfielder is considered an important catalyst to help Liverpool win the Champions League 2019 and then the Premier League 2020.