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Aldo unhappy

VAR David Coote has come under scrutiny from plenty of people after his decision not to check the tackle from Jordan Pickford at Goodison Park yesterday.

And ECHO columnist John Aldridge is no happier with him than any other Reds fan.

He wrote for the Irish Independent: “A wonderful Merseyside derby was ruined by some crazy VAR decisions at Goodison Park, with my accusing finger not pointed at referee Michael Oliver after yesterday’s 2-2 draw.

Jurgen Klopp faces a period of time without his star defender. (Image: Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

“If anyone can come up with a credible reason why VAR official David Coote did not let the referee know that he needed to look at Jordan Pickford’s first-half challenge on Virgil van Dijk, then I’m all ears.

“The wacky VAR lines that no one can work out told us Van Dijk was half a millimetre offside in the build-up, but that does not mean Pickford is allowed to clatter into the Liverpool centre-back and take him out around his knee.”

He says the tackle ‘could put Liverpool’s entire Premier League title defence in peril’.

The full extent of Van Dijk’s injury is set to be revealed shortly. Liverpool believe that Thiago’s knock – sustained when Richarlison was sent off – is not as serious.

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