Virgil van Dijk ‘snubbed Jordan Pickford’ in aftermath of horror derby tackle

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk snubbed an apology from Jordan Pickford after he was crocked by the Everton goalkeeper in Saturday's Merseyside Derby.

The Reds centre-back was on the receiving end of a horrific tackle from Pickford in the early embers of the 2-2 draw at Goodison Park.

In an attempt to prevent the Dutchman from getting an effort on target, Pickford came hurtling out of his goal leg first.

The former Sunderland man got very little on the ball with his scissor challenge, which connected right below van Dijk's right knee.

Wary of the potential damage he inflicted on the former Celtic man, Pickford attempted to help a badly-hurt van Dijk back to his feet.

Van Dijk, who was clearly incensed by the tackle, didn't take kindly to the gesture, reportedly saying "no" to the England keeper before telling him to "go away."

Somehow, Pickford managed to escape punishment for his reckless challenge, which VAR opted not to review.

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp was, understandably, furious that the tackle went unpunished, telling BT Sport: "The injury of Virgil van Dijk, that was pretty early in the game.

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"I didn't see it back, but it took a while. Obviously, it was not too big, the offside. And then Pickford kicks him completely out of the [game].

"It didn't see it back. I saw it for the first time in the dressing room. You, maybe, can say more about this. I have to watch it back. The only situation I saw back, only briefly, in the dressing room was the Henderson goal and the pass with Sadio.

"And I didn't see offside, sorry. Maybe somebody will explain it to me. The picture I saw, it was not offside. But it was offside because somebody decided it."

Van Dijk, 29, is set to undergo a scan on his knee on Sunday to determine the severity of his injury, which looks as if it has the potential to prematurely end his season.

Liverpool will be back in action on Wednesday night, travelling to Amsterdam to take on Ajax in their opening Champions League group match of the season.

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