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Southampton boss Hasenhuttl insists Jordan Pickford should have been banned from Van Dijk horror equipment

‘It was a terrible tackle to be fair … he should have been banned’: Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl emphasizes that Everton’s Jordan Pickford should not face his team on Sunday after ‘disastrous tackle’ on Virgil van Dijk ended weekend.

  • Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl has hit Everton’s Jordan Pickford
  • He doesn’t believe Pickford should play against his team on Sunday
  • Hasenhuttl said the goalkeeper should have been sent off for a horror tackle on Van Dijk
  • Carlo Ancelotti insists he will play Pickford in Sunday’s game against Southampton

Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl believes Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford should not face his team on Sunday and instead sit out a suspension for his ‘absolutely disastrous’ tackle on Virgil Van Dijk.

England’s No. 1 has come under scrutiny over the incident during last weekend’s Merseyside derby, which left Liverpool defender Van Dijk requiring knee surgery and a lengthy period of rehabilitation.

The incident was assessed by the VAR, with the Holland international considered offside before being beaten by the Toffees keeper.

Virgil van Dijk sustained a cruciate ligament injury after a horror challenge from Jordan Pickford

Virgil van Dijk sustained a cruciate ligament injury after a horror challenge from Jordan Pickford

Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl insists that Pickford should not face to his side on Sunday

Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl insists that Pickford should not face to his side on Sunday

Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl insists that Pickford should not face to his side on Sunday

Pickford escaped any disciplinary action afterwards.

However, Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum suggested the goalkeeper was ‘stupid’ and had taken the challenge on his countryman without worrying about the player’s welfare – which Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti has since dismissed as unfair.

Hasenhuttl believes that the VAR’s ability to intervene on offside somewhat clouded the water, but there is no doubt that such a challenge should have resulted in a downright red card.

“I think so (Pickford should have been turned away),” said the Austrian. ‘I also had a discussion about that. It was a terrible tackle to be honest.

I see the bigger problem, like sometimes with this offside rule, (whether it is) or not.

‘We have the situation more often now that the game continues although it is offside and then there are some duels that do not have to happen normally, this is a problem.

Pickford has been scrutinized because of his challenge, which meant that Van Dijk needed knee surgery

Pickford has been scrutinized because of his challenge, which meant that Van Dijk needed knee surgery

Pickford has been scrutinized because of his challenge, which meant that Van Dijk needed knee surgery

Carlo Ancelotti has not considered removing Pickford despite his week in the spotlight

Carlo Ancelotti has not considered removing Pickford despite his week in the spotlight

Carlo Ancelotti has not considered removing Pickford despite his week in the spotlight

‘But we are also happy with the VAR, because now you see, in the Europa League, there is no VAR, how many discussions there are about decisions by the referee.

‘But of course you can’t get into a duel like that. This is an absolutely disastrous approach to be honest.

‘I think it could be a red card in the end … if you only see the tackle, (it) was awful yes.’

Despite the backlash, Everton boss Ancelotti insists he has not considered removing Pickford from the starting line-up.

Ancelotti has seen Pickford in training and has no doubts that he is in the right mood to play against Southampton on Sunday as the front runners want to continue their excellent start to the campaign.

James Rodriguez is expected to play against Southampton after recovering from a bruised foot

James Rodriguez is expected to play against Southampton after recovering from a bruised foot

James Rodriguez is expected to play against Southampton after recovering from a bruised foot

Ancelotti, who expects James Rodriguez to be fit after training on Friday after recovering from a bruised foot, said: ‘I saw him in training this week – he was focused, he performed well in training, he was focused so this is what I want to see from a player.

“ If he has a problem, I want him to come over and talk to me, but he didn’t, so I think he’s absolutely fine. ”

On Pickford’s form, he added, ‘Sometimes he did well, sometimes he could do better. That is it. I think he could do better with the disallowed goal, but he did really well two or three times in that game, making fantastic saves against Alexander-Arnold in the first half and Joel Matip in the second.

‘I think when we manage a performance, I’m used to looking at the right things, not just the wrong things. I’m used to being pretty cold, trying to see what he did right and what he did wrong. ‘

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