Ex-keeper wants Jordan Pickford banned for as long as Virgil van Dijk is injured for

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Former Premier League goalkeeper Mark Bosnich has suggested that Jordan Pickford should be banned for as long as Virgil van Dijk is sidelined with injury for.

Everton’s stopper recklessly clattered Van Dijk in the early stages of the 2-2 draw against rivals Liverpool, with the Dutchman unable to recover and soon going off injured.

It’s now been confirmed that Van Dijk has damaged the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) on his right knee, with the centre-back requiring surgery.

Bosnich described Pickford’s challenge as ‘reckless’, adding that in cases like this a player should be ‘suspended’ for as long as they have injured someone for, with Bosnich seeing this as a ‘deterrent’.

Pickford went completely unpunished for his actions, with England’s No.1 seemingly managing so as the referee was more focused on using VAR for an offside call over a case of serious foul play.

The Athletic (subscription required) report that it would be seen as a ‘major surprise’ if Van Dijk is able to return to the pitch this season.

It’s a real shame to see one of the best players in the world sidelined with a serious injury, Jurgen Klopp’s men now face the extremely difficult task of defending their title without their stalwart.

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  1. Didn’t happen to hear Mark Bosnich calling for Tottenham Son to be punished for his foul on Andre Gomez By the way he walked of the pitch Gomez was stretchered.

  2. Thuggish behaviour by Pickford. VVD should take him to court for assault causing grievous bodily harm.
    It’s been done before. Chris Kamara was found guilty of GBH and heavily fined for assaulting a player on the pitch, and Duncan Ferguson got a three month prison sentence for his assault on an opposition defender. Kamara punched someone and Ferguson head-butted his opponent. In its own way Pickford’s assault disguised as a tackle is every bit as bad as those two.

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