Jordan Pickford set to avoid retrospective ban for Virgil van Dijk horror tackle

Jordan Pickford will reportedly not face any retrospective punishment for his reckless tackle on Virgil van Dijk in Saturday’s clash between Everton and Liverpool.

Just ten minutes into the encounter Van Dijk was forced off injured after Pickford clattered into him as he attempted to get on the end of a cross.

It later emerged that the Reds defender will require surgery on his knee, and he looks set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

Pickford escaped without a card from the incident but there were some suggestions he could receive a ban at some point this week.

However, according to The Athletic the fact that VAR did review the incident at the time but deemed it not worthy of a red card means retrospective action is unable to be taken.

Jordan Pickford completely took out Virgil van Dijk early on in the Merseyside Derby

Liverpool are believed to be furious with the way VAR was used during the derby, with a late Jordan Henderson ‘winner’ being ruled out despite Sadio Mane appearing to be onside adding to the sense of injustice.

Reds officials have made a formal approach to the Premier League, with a demand for a review of how the video assistant referee system was implemented during the game.

Van Dijk, meanwhile, has sent a message to supporters insisting he will do everything he can to try to return to the pitch as soon as he can.

Pickford was widely criticised for the tackle

He took to Twitter on Sunday to write: “This afternoon I met with a leading consultant to start the process of planning the finer details of my rehabilitation following the incident yesterday.

“I’m now fully focused on my recovery and will do everything I can to be back as quickly as possible.

“Despite the obvious disappointment, I’m a firm believer that within difficulty lies opportunity and with God’s help I’m going to make sure I return better, fitter and stronger than ever before.”

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