Everton boss Frank Lampard believes Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk should have seen red during Saturday’s Merseyside derby.
Although the game ended goalless, it was an exciting encounter that saw both sides create plenty of chances, with Everton denying a late winner after Conor Coady’s tap-in was canceled by VAR for the narrowest of offsides.
However, controversy arose towards the end of the game when Van Dijk had a late stud fight against Amadou Onana which Anthony Taylor thought was just a yellow card.
However, that was not the view of Lampard, who believes the referee made a mistake and expressed his shock that the foul was not checked for a sending-off by VAR.
“I love Virgil van Dijk, I think he’s fantastic. Sometimes as a player you approach duels wrong, they look bad or they are bad,” said the coach in his post-game interview.
“If you look at the moment he connects with Amadou on his shin and Amadou’s foot is on the ground, I’m surprised it didn’t go to VAR and the referee looked at it and did what mine did In my opinion this was the right decision.
“It doesn’t matter now but for me it was a red card and of course that changes the face of the last 20 minutes.
“Before this derby and other derbies lately there has been talk of bad tackles. The referee has a job to do and I think they did it wrong in my opinion.
“I’ve heard a lot this week about implied time wasters about my players in the Leeds game which I spoke about yesterday and some things that were negative last year that were negative and maybe decisions where we were on the wrong end of the road . ‘
The Merseyside derby is a game of passion and excitement and Saturday’s game at Goodison Park was no exception.
A draw is a result that doesn’t do much for either side as Liverpool are six points clear of leaders Arsenal at the time of writing.
Everton are the only side, alongside Leicester, to be without a win this season, although they are recovering from a heroic performance.
“I thought we were brilliant. It’s one of the best 0-0s you’re likely to see,” Lampard added.
‘Pickford have made some great saves, you need your goalkeeper to be in games like this. It was a real game in which two teams competed against each other.
“I can’t fault the players and the spirit. We played well, we’re getting better and better.”
It feels like those wins are coming. The fans see a team fighting for the badge and giving it their all. That makes me proud.”
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