Everton star Jordan Pickford compared to Roy Keane after injuring Virgil van Dijk in draw

Everton star Jordan Pickford’s tackle on Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk has been compared to when Roy Keane crocked Alf-Inge Haaland. The Toffees star brutally cut down his Reds rival during Saturday’s Merseyside Derby. The match ended 2-2, with Dominic Calvert-Lewin finding the net late on to rescue a point.

Everton went into Saturday’s Merseyside Derby showdown with a 100 per cent record.

But Liverpool ensured the Toffees drop points for the first time this season, with the two teams playing out a 1-1 draw at Goodison Park.

Liverpool took the lead through Sadio Mane, with the Senegal international blasting home from close range after good work from Andy Robertson.

Michael Keane then equalised, with further goals from Mohamed Salah and Calvert-Lewin seeing the points shared out.

The biggest talking point of the game was Pickford’s tackle on Van Dijk, however.

The Liverpool star could now miss the rest of the season through injury, in what would be a hammer blow to Jurgen Klopp’s side.

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Pickford cut the Netherlands international down with substantial force and, now, talkSPORT pundit Tony Cascarino has compared the goalkeeper to Manchester United legend Keane.

“The challenge… just, wow!” he said.

“We give yellow cards so readily and so quickly for minor incidents, and then you see a tackle that is as bad as the one Roy Keane did on Alf-Inge Haaland.

“It was just horrendous!

“We talk about dangerous tackles and two-footing and lunging in and being reckless – Jordan Pickford was everything as bad as it could be.

“I don’t think you can ever say it’s intentional – only the player can answer that – but if you are going to throw yourself, launch yourself, at somebody out of control…

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“When I saw it I thought, ‘wow!’”

Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti defended Pickford from criticism after the match, saying: “I think he played a good game, like the others.

“A good performance. I am not worried.”

On his side’s performance in general, the Italian added: “It is true, we could win, draw or lose [today].

“The performance was good. We wanted to compete and in the end we competed really well.

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“We never lost confidence, we were able to equalise the game two times.

“We had an opportunity to go up but we hit the post with Richarlison.

“Apart from the result, the performance was satisfying. I am really satisfied.”

Liverpool are waiting on scans to determine the full extent of Van Dijk’s injury.

But they’re unhappy about speculation surrounding the 29-year-old and are particularly displeased with Richard Keys, who suggested the Dutchman could miss seven or eight months of action.

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