Liverpool keeper Alisson lays into Everton’s Pickford for ‘unnecessary’ tackle

Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson has slammed Jordan Pickford after calling his challenge on Virgil van Dijk in the Merseyside derby.

The Everton stopper scythed the Dutchman down in the match – that ended 2-2 – but escaped punishment.

It saw the Reds defender trudge off and he was later diagnosed to have ruptured knee ligament.

Only this week has the ex-Southampton star undergone surgery, which was a success.

But the rehabilitation period will take months and it would be a miracle if he played again this season.

Pickford's challenge has drawn criticism from various pundits and Liverpool's goalie has now also condemned the England international.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Alisson said: "Every goalkeeper has a different way to play, a different way to move, but on that moment 100 per cent it is not a necessary movement.

"But thinking what I have in my mind when I go for a situation, I go to finish the situation because if I go too soft I know the opponent can score.

"Everyone has their own way to go for the ball.

"I don't agree with [Pickford's] way, everybody can see that, but yeah it was just an unnecessary moment and movement."

The Brazilian was not the only Liverpool player to have a pop at Pickford, with Georginio Wijnaldum also furious with the former Sunderland star.

The Dutchman said: "The way Pickford went in was completely stupid in my opinion.

"I don't believe he wanted to injure Virgil but the way he made the tackle he didn't care about what happened after the tackle. It's happened a lot in games against Everton.

"In my opinion they take it too far in the games we play against them. I know it's a derby and sometimes it goes over the top but it was too much.

"It was not the only tackle like that. Richarlison on Thiago was also a nasty one. That's what annoys me the most.

"Accidents can always happen in football. You can be unlucky and injure someone but the way they were doing it was completely unacceptable.

"It makes it even harder when they don't get punished, in this case Pickford."

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