Everton’s Jordan Pickford avoids red for horror lunge on Virgil van Dijk

Jordan Pickford escaped a red card for a calamitous lunge on Virgil van Dijk on Saturday.

The under-fire England stopper started for Everton in their crunch Premier League encounter against Liverpool, but the home side went behind early thanks to a poachers finish from Sadio Mane.

Carlo Ancelotti’s side had won their opening four league fixtures ahead of the derby, and it looked as though it was going to get twice as bad after Pickford jumped into the standing leg of Van Dijk.

Although VAR were consulted, the goalkeeper would have been counting his lucky stars as the Netherlands international was adjudged to have been offside and out of active play.

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