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Carlo Ancelotti came in support of Jordan Pickford after the goalkeeper harmed Van Dijk

Carlo Ancelotti overlooked the critique of Jordan Pickford by Liverpool and emphasized the difficulty of injuring Virgil van Dijk in the Merseyside derby being mistimed rather than being malicious.

Over the tackle that left the Liverpool defender with an ACL injury, after a week of fierce criticism the Everton boss, who will be without James Rodríguez at Southampton on Sunday as a result of a foul by Van Dijk at Goodison Park, has come to the defense of the goalkeeper.

However, Ancelotti maintains that the attacks on Pickford have gone too far — Merseyside Police is investigating threats made on social media against the keeper and Richarlison-and Liverpool should acknowledge that injuries are an unfortunate part of the game.

“To be clear, we are really sorry for the injury of Virgil van Dijk,” he said according to The Guardian. “Every one of us hopes he can recover soon and well. There was this contact with Jordan Pickford: it was mistimed contact. But the fact the Premier League is so fast, it is not so difficult to arrive a little bit later. It can happen.”

“Jordan arrived a little bit later but his intention was to try to reach the ball. It was not to hurt Virgil van Dijk. And after that, the reaction is too much. To say it was premeditated, and this and that, in my opinion, is too much. And Virgil van Dijk knows this. It’s in football. Unfortunately in football, you can be injured. Jordan is really sad, really disappointed [that van Dijk is injured] but to say it was premeditated, to say it was stupid, is not fair.”

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