Manchester City Goalkeeper has spoken about Jordan Pickford tackle on Van Dijk which put the Dutch defender out for the rest of the season.
’s injury in the Merseyside derby was a shock toLiverpool
as the defender has rarely missed a match since he joined the club in 2018.Jordan Pickford
’s mistimed tackle on Van Dijk put the Dutch defender out for a long time and since then Jorgen Klopp has tried different strategies to cope with this huge problem in his team’s back rank. Pickford later apologized for the tackle and nowManchester City
has backed the English goalkeeper for his accidental challenge with Van Dijk as he believes there was no bad intentions in Pickford’s challenge.
“First and foremost, I don't think any player steps on the pitch looking to injure an opponent,” the Brazilian said. “Sometimes you have a fraction of a second to make a decision.
"Unfortunately, Jordan Pickford had that clash with Van Dijk and it ended up resulting in a serious injury. That's part of football; sometimes it happens.
“It could happen to any of us. I don't think it was Pickford's intention to injure Van Dijk and in the same way I don't think it was Mane's intention to do that when he clashed with me in our game a few years ago. You have such a short time to make a decision and it could happen to any of us.”
Manchester City will be facing Liverpool on Sunday before their next tough match against Tottenham in the Premier League.