Liverpool goalkeeper Adrian: Pickford challenge unacceptable

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Liverpool goalkeeper Adrian insists there's no excuses for Everton counterpart Jordan Pickford over his reckless challenge on Virgil van Dijk last week.

Liverpool's talismanic centre back suffered a potentially season-ending anterior cruciate ligament injury in his knee after Pickford recklessly flew in late with a scissor challenge during the Reds' 2-2 draw with Everton last Saturday.

"It was a very bad challenge in a very bad position of Virgil's body," said the Reds shot-stopper to Sky Sports, "It was late. No player is allowed to do this kind of challenge',

"I'm a goalkeeper and I always defend goalkeepers, but going for a ball like this in that case… I don't know.

"It's not fair in that situation because he hasn't got much chance to block the ball in that position, just to hurt the other player."

It has since been revealed Pickford will face no retrospective action for the challenge after it was not cautioned by both on-field referee Michael Oliver and VAR official David Coote during the match.

"As a footballer, your body is at risk every time you play but you have a few challenges that you are allowed to do.

"But I don't accept this kind of challenge. The federation, the Premier League cannot accept these kinds of things."