Furious Graeme Souness disagrees with Jamie Carragher over Jordan Pickford ‘assault’

Graeme Souness is in full disagreement with Jamie Carragher over whether Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford should have been sent off in the game against Liverpool on Saturday.

Just ten minutes into the derby, Pickford clattered Reds defender Virgil van Dijk as the centre-back attempted to get on the end of a cross.

Van Dijk was offside during the incident, and surprisingly VAR chose not to look back at the incident with regard to Pickford potentially being given his marching orders.

The Dutchman had to be taken off as a result, and it has now been confirmed he will need surgery on his knee and is facing a lengthy layoff.

Virgil van Dijk is set for a lengthy spell on the touchline following Jordan Pickford’s reckless tackle

Speaking on Sky Sports after the game, ex-Liverpool defender Carragher defended Pickford for the tackle.

“There’ll be a lot of frustrations from Liverpool wanting Pickford to be banned,” he said.

“I am going to defend Pickford on that. I’ve had my leg broken, I nearly broke Nani’s leg. These things happen unfortunately in football.

“I don’t believe anyone goes out to deliberately hurt someone. Jordan Pickford is all over the place with his game at the moment.”

Souness, however, furiously hit back, and insisted players from any level of football would be getting sent off for Pickford’s “assault”.

He said: “Any professional or semi-professional who has played the game, maybe the guys on Hackney Marshes, when they look at that, their focus isn’t on the offside, it’s on the player. It’s outrageous. For me, it’s: wow.

Pickford could consider himself lucky not to have been sent off

“These people who make these decisions who look at that and talk about offside, I just don’t get it. I’ve been to Stockley Park, it’s nigh on impossible to make a mistake. And they still get it wrong.

“That was an assault, not a tackle an assault.”

Retrospective action may yet be taken on Pickford, and there is the possibility that he could be banned for a number of games if he is found guilty.

For Van Dijk, meanwhile, a long road to recovery is about to begin, and there are doubts over whether he will feature again this season.

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