Pickford’s intervention on Van Dijk during the derby between Everton and Liverpool continues to have important consequences for the protagonists of the episode.
Jordan Pickford’s intervention on Virgil van Dijk during the derby between Everton and Liverpool continues to create controversy. Following the Everton’s goalkeeper’s broken tackle, Virgil Van Dijk, Liverpool’s defender, suffered a serious knee injury that will keep him down for a long time. A bad blow for Liverpool, which also just suffered the mockery of Fabinho’s injury, who in Klopp’s ideas was the footballer who would replace his teammate in the long term by climbing the defense line.
Jordan Pickford’s moment of form is what it is, to the point that many (from his coach Ancelotti to his former national teammate Rooney) have talked about the mistakes that characterize his last performances. But the intervention on Van Dijk has also created other problems for him. Critics, disqualification requests, but even death threats. To the point that, as the Daily Mail reports, Everton’s goalkeeper had to rely on bodyguards to guarantee his own safety and the safety of his family.
Pickford, as reported by the tabloid, has created a real “ring of steel” around his wife Megan and his son to prevent them from being targeted. A real concern, as a source tells the British newspaper: “Jordan was shocked by the level of insults and threats he received after the game with Liverpool. And he is determined to do whatever it takes to keep his family safe”. So, a real security team, monitoring the Pickford family’s activities and making sure there is no one intent on playing tricks.
For the goalkeeper and his wife also need several precautions, including not to use social networks, which could give indications regarding their geographical location. And who knows if the extreme defender would have ever imagined he would need some defenders…even outside the playing field.