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It was a knee to waist height two footed assault. It wasn’t a tackle.
Van Dijk could have really hurt Mertens but it was a genuine attempt to win the ball. He was low to the ground and it wasn’t wildly out of control.
There is no excusing Pickford’s actions and I hope somebody gives him a dose of his own medicine.
Knee to waist height? I think you need to re-familiarise yourself with the human anatomy mate. It’s not two footed either, both feet are wide apart and neither makes contact with the player, it’s the inside of his knee/thigh that connects and causes the damage.
It’s a really bad challenge from a keeper who’s making howler after howler and who made a desperate lunge to stop the opposition player from getting on the ball and scoring. No matter how you dress it up it’s nothing like an assault. Liverpool fans are only seeing what they want to see here because who the injured player is and his importance to their team. There’s no way to prove and nothing to suggest he’s tried to maim the player same way there’s no way you can prove Van Dijk’s shocker on Mertens was an honest attempt to win the ball as opposed to clean the player out.