Adrian becomes latest Liverpool ace to slam Jordan Pickford’s tackle on Van Dijk

Liverpool goalkeeper Adrian has slammed Jordan Pickford’s challenge on Virgil van Dijk, insisting that it was “not fair”.

Van Dijk is in a battle to play again this season following the tackle from the Everton goalkeeper in last week’s Merseyside derby.

The Toffees shot-stopper has not received any punishment with VAR not intervening as the Dutchman was offside when the tackle was made.

Georginio Wijnaldum had hit out at Pickford earlier in the week while Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has also been vocal about the challenge.

And now Reds goalkeeper Adrian, who played in the game, has had his say on the tackle from a goalkeeper’s perspective.

Adrian told Sky Sports: "It was a very bad challenge in a very bad position. It was late. I think no players are allowed to do this kind of challenge.

"I am a goalkeeper and I always defend the goalkeepers, but going for a ball like this is not fair.

“In that situation, he has not many chance to block the ball – just hurting the other player.

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"Your body is at risk every time you play. You have a few challenges you are allowed to do but I don't accept this kind of challenge and the Premier League don't accept these kind of things."

Wijnaldum had said: “The way Pickford went in on the challenge was, in my opinion, completely stupid.

“I believe he did not want to injure Virgil, but he did not care about what happened after the tackle.

“I think we have had this in a lot of games against Everton, in my opinion. They take it way too far in the games we play against them.

“We know it is a derby and everyone wants to win that derby. Sometimes you go a little bit over the top but this was too much.”

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