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Liverpool evening headlines with Van Dijk and Thiago injury latest and why Pickford wasn’t sent off

Good evening, Liverpool fans. Here are your evening headlines for Saturday, October 17.

Van Dijk and Thiago injury latest

Virgil van Dijk left hospital on crutches with Liverpool fearing the defender faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

Van Dijk underwent scans on a suspected knee injury sustained when the victim of a horror challenge by Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford during Saturday’s 2-2 Merseyside derby draw at Goodison.

While there have been rumours regarding the severity of the damage to the player’s right knee, Liverpool are still waiting on the results of the scans.

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The Reds are also awaiting news from scans on Thiago Alcantara after the midfielder was fouled late on by Everton forward Richarlison, who was subsequently given a straight red card.

Full story and more details in this report from Ian Doyle.

How Pickford avoided a red card for van Dijk tackle

After clattering into Virgil van Dijk with a scissor-like challenge during the first half of the Merseyside derby, Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford somehow avoided a red card.

That decision was much to the chagrin of Reds supporters and van Dijk was subsequently withdrawn as a result of the tackle.

It was a seen as a controversial call from Oliver, but there is a clear – if not fair – explanation as to why Pickford remained on the pitch.

Van Dijk was offside in the build-up to the incident, as indicated by the linesman, and then confirmed by VAR. And that meant that Pickford could not be disciplined.

The England international could only have been sent off in this instance if the tackle been deemed violent conduct by the referee of VAR.

The latter, however, decided that Pickford had made a genuine attempt to play the ball.

Koeman discusses failed Wijnaldum move

Despite having one year remaining on his contract, Georginio Wijnaldum did not leave Liverpool for Barcelona in the transfer window despite strong links emerging over the summer.

And now, Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman, who managed Wijnaldum as Netherlands head coach, discussed the club’s failure to sign the midfielder, who he praised for having a “great sense of space.”

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“Gini has a great sense of space,” Koeman told Dutch site Algemeen Dagblad via Football Oranje . “He can get to the goal fantastically well from midfield, he could really add something to the team.

“But the financial situation was known to the club. His position ultimately had less priority than, for example, the right-back or the striker position.”

Barcelona can sign Wijnaldum on a free transfer next summer. They will be able to begin negotiations in January.

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