Ancelotti defends Pickford after challenge on Van Dijk


None of the players slept.

Manager Jurgen Klopp said his feelings were "similar to my players".

Van Dijk issued a message to fans on Sunday saying that he is now focused on his recovery and will do everything he can to support his teammates.

As the 29-year-old Netherlands centre-back was being treated, the video assistant referee (VAR) noted it was checking for a "possible penalty".

Ahead of tonight's clash in Amsterdam, Klopp insisted he remains confident in his side's ability to succeed despite the absence of Van Dijk and says he is hopeful results will silence those predicting defensive struggle.

Merseyside Police have looked into the online threats against Pickford and Everton team-mate Richarlison, who was sent off for a foul on Thiago Alcantara.

Not even the beginning of the Champions League has served to make us forget the action in which the Everton goalkeeper comes out at the feet of the Liverpool defender in a very risky way, so much so that he ended up seriously injuring the Dutchman.

'I don't believe he wanted to injure Virgil but the way he made the tackle, he didn't care about what happened after the tackle. I know it's a derby and sometimes it goes over the top but it was too much. The way they were doing it was completely unacceptable.

The decision not to fire Jordan Pickford due to his dealings with Virgil van Dyck will be reviewed
The decision not to fire Jordan Pickford due to his dealings with Virgil van Dyck will be reviewed

Not good times for Van Dijk.

Pep Guardiola has moved to wish Virgil van Dijk a speedy recovery after the Liverpool FC defender was ruled out for a number of months with a serious knee injury.

Dayot Upamecano is Liverpool's first-choice centre-back target in January, according to journalist Ian McGarry. "But the tackle by itself, when you only see the tackle, was disgusting yes".

'It's happened a lot in games against Everton.

"Both challenges were hard to accept".

"Virgil is a really important player in our team - he has showed that since he came in".

That news was bad enough, however, The Athletic journalist David Ornstein has now dropped a bombshell after claiming that van Dijk's injury is actually worse than first feared as the damage "extends beyond the ACL".

"I am here for the Champions League game". "That does not feel right and it is not easy to deal with these kind of things".

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