Munich / Liverpool – Liverpool coach Jürgen Klopp was served.
After a highly entertaining, but also full of excitement, 2-2 in the Merseyside derby against FC Everton, the German let his thoughts run free.
“It’s difficult, but we have a player (Virgil van Dijk; Anm.d. Red.) lost due to injury in a situation in which the VAR was not involved and maybe another (Thiago; Anm. d. Red.) in a scene where there was red. We also scored a valid goal that didn’t count, “complained the Reds championship coach at the press conference.
Van Dijk is probably seriously injured in a collision
But one after anonther. After the 2: 7 swatter against Aston Villa, Liverpool were looking for redress in the derby against Everton and underpinned this from the start, reinforced by an early lead. Just two minutes after the 1-0 by Sadio Mane (3rd) followed a scene that is likely to have a major impact on the Reds season.
Defender van Dijk was hit at knee height by Everton’s keeper Jordan Pickford. It quickly became clear that the Dutchman had to be replaced. Since van Dijk was able to leave the field on his own two feet, hope grew that the injury might not be as bad as the pictures would suggest.
Is the season out for van Dijk?
However: According to “beIn Sports” van Dijk suffered a cruciate ligament rupture in Pickford’s rude attack, which incidentally was not punished because of a previous offside position, and is therefore likely to be indisposed for the rest of the season.
Once the most expensive defender in the world is most likely the only player Liverpool can’t replace one-on-one. If the reports are confirmed, the Reds’ season goals would be in great danger.
In the 90th minute, new signing Thiago was caught after a rough foul by Richarlison, who saw red for his brutal entry. “When we left the field, Thiago told me that he thought he was injured. We’ll see,” said Klopp after the game about the Spaniard’s condition.
VAR steals the winning goal in the derby from Liverpool
Maybe Liverpool would take these threatening personal blows to the neck better if the VAR had not intervened again in stoppage time.
In the 92nd minute, Henderson had supposedly brought the Reds into the lead before the video referee intervened and used lines to prove a barely visible offside position for Sadio Mane.
“I came into the locker room and there were people who said that they had watched the scene again and didn’t understand why it was decided offside,” said a frustrated Klopp on record. He supports the VAR, especially on offside, where you expect the right decision, Klopp continued.
Liverpool arguably want investigation of Everton’s game
As “Sky UK” reports, Liverpool has asked the league to investigate the scenes between Pickford and van Dijk and the failure to score in stoppage time.
An intervention by the Premier League in favor of the Reds would certainly cause further damage to the reputation of the video referee on the island, on the other hand such scenes and the subsequent decisions for the supposedly best league in the world are hardly acceptable.
Or to put it in Klopp’s words: “It was obviously not our day.”
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