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In his Daily Telegraph column, former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher explains what it’s like to give or receive a ‘horror tackle’.

I don’t agree with the suggestion that Jordan Pickford made a deliberate attempt to hurt his rival. I know how both are feeling. For Van Dijk, the torment is physical. For Pickford, it’s psychological.

As a player and now an expert, you try to assess from the perspective of a professional colleague and – as much as possible – avoid being accused of double weight. That’s why I looked past the raw feelings that followed Pickford’s tackle and saw him for what he was – reckless, not malicious.

Pickford did what I did against Nani. His initial movement was towards the ball, ignoring the man. When he realized it was too late and out of position, he panicked, lost control, and dived.

These are the actions of a player whose head is everywhere. It’s been a while.

Currently, every time Pickford makes a critical decision on the pitch, more often than not it turns out to be the wrong one. This had serious repercussions on the Liverpool defender.

These are the horrific situations we sometimes have to face in the game. Serious injuries are an occupational hazard.

As professionals, coaches and fans ask us to never shy away from a tackle, especially in a derby.

I can assure you that when we do this our main concern is to be aggressive in taking care of ourselves and helping our team, not causing injury.

Likewise, Liverpool’s painful reaction is not unique and I see hypocrisy in those who accuse my former club of going too far in their immediate response.

The feeling of being wronged by key decisions ignited an already volatile post-game situation. Because it all happened in a Merseyside derby and Pickford’s challenge went unpunished, emotions were heightened.

As for the social media idiots targeting Pickford or Richarlison, they are no more representative of the Liverpool fan base than those Evertonians who abused Neil Taylor of Wales when he broke Seamus Coleman’s leg during ‘an international in 2017, or Heung-Min Son after Andre Gomes suffered. one year ago. Tellingly, the most elegant responses after these incidents came from Coleman and Gomes.


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