Following Virgil van Dijk’s heavy challenge on Everton midfielder Amadou Onana on September 3, rivals supporters online have accused Liverpool of “corruption”.
The fierce Merseyside derby at Goodison Park that included multiple scoring opportunities for both teams ended scoreless. Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker was beaten in the second half by Everton defender Conor Coady but the goal however, was disallowed by VAR due to the Englishman being offside.
There were other talking points in the game’s final 45 minutes as well. Van Dijk’s tackle might have altered the outcome of the match if the referee’s ruling had gone the other way.
In an attempt to take the ball away from Onana, the Dutchman was seen stabbing his foot on the midfielder’s ankles. Referee Anthony Taylor did give the foul but the Dutch defender only received a yellow card for the reckless tackle after which play was allowed to continue.
Rival supporters on Twitter expressed their disappointment with Van Dijk’s challenge and the referee’s decision to only show a yellow card. Some believes that the Liverpool center back gets away with many reckless tackles in the league. Others have once more questioned the same and the VAR’s decision.
Here are a few tweets in that regard:
Liverpool were on a two-game winning streak and appeared to have turned a corner in the Premier League prior to their game at Goodison Park.
The Reds, however, have now dropped points for the fourth time in six games this season. Their 0-0 draw against Everton was their third draw in the Premier League so far this season.
Currently, Liverpool’s six league games have yielded just nine points for them. They are presently six points behind league leaders Arsenal. But the Gunners do still have a game left to play.
Whom do Liverpool face next in the Premier League?
The Reds will return to Anfield on September 10 to play Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League after their draw with Everton. The Reds played against them and won 3-1 on the last day of the previous campaign, however if wasn’t enough for them to win the Premier League title.
It is important to note that the Reds’ next match in across all competitions is not against Wolves as they will begin their UEFA Champions League campaign in midweek.
Jurgen Klopp’s side will fly to Italy on September 7 to face Napoli in their first Champions League group stage game. They were placed in Group A of the tournament alongside Napoli, Ajax, and Rangers.