Georginio Wijnaldum mentioned the tackles Liverpool have been topic to in Saturday’s Merseyside derby have been “unacceptable” and mentioned the gamers all had sleepless nights after seeing their talismanic defender Virgil Van Dijk was compelled off with a doubtlessly season-ending harm.
Van Dijk requires surgical procedure after Jordan Pickford‘s knee-high deal with within the eleventh minute of Saturday’s recreation. Pickford’s deal with went unpunished, however Van Dijk now faces months on the sidelines.
Wijnaldum, 29, was speaking forward of Liverpool’s Champions League opener in Amsterdam in opposition to Ajax on Wednesday, however the prematch information convention was dominated by questions over Van Dijk’s long-term harm and in addition the harm Thiago Alcantara suffered due to Richarlison‘s late foul which led to him being proven a purple card.
“We’re nonetheless devastated,” Wijnaldum mentioned of Van Dijk’s harm. “It is completely different than regular, the best way it occurred is actually exhausting for us.
“I believe everybody nonetheless has a foul feeling about it. Once we have been talking with the lads after Saturday, I believe not one of the gamers slept due to what occurred with Virgil and the best way it occurred. It is actually exhausting one to take, and it was a tough one for the crew.”
Wijnaldum is aware of Van Dijk properly as he is additionally his worldwide teammate with the Netherlands.
“In fact we’re upset — the best way Pickford went in on the problem was, for my part, silly,” Wijnaldum continued. “I imagine he did not wish to injure Virgil, however the best way he took the deal with was mainly he did not care about what occurred after the deal with.
“I believe we had it quite a bit within the video games in opposition to Everton. In my view they take it approach too far within the video games we play in opposition to them. We all know it is a derby, and everybody needs to win the derby; generally you go excessive, however this was an excessive amount of. It was not solely his deal with but in addition Richarlison’s deal with on Thiago was additionally a nasty one.
“That is what bothered me essentially the most and the opposite gamers — accidents can all the time occur in soccer, you could be unfortunate with a deal with the place you injure somebody, however the best way they have been doing it was unacceptable. It makes it tougher Pickford did not get punished after seeing the movies.”
Jurgen Klopp mentioned the membership has not but obtained a solution to their request for a overview into the VAR selections from the Merseyside derby, and mentioned the membership continues to be coming to phrases with Van Dijk’s prolonged harm and the tough tackles they have been subjected to.
“A few days in the past, one thing occurred that ought to not have occurred in a soccer recreation. I see it much like my gamers. Each challenges have been tough to just accept, let me say it like this,” Klopp mentioned.
“It is to not change anymore. I spoke the day after, and it is actually exhausting for us as a result of Virgil’s our boy. It is nothing to do with the standard of Virgil, sure, he is a world-class participant and we’ll miss him, and accidents occur in soccer and fairly often in challenges. Fairly often each gamers attempt to play the ball, nevertheless it was not the case in these two challenges, and it makes it tough to take.
“Within the final 4 years we have been the chief of the fair-play desk — we do not get something for that, typically sufficient it one thing the place individuals make a joke about it. Which means you possibly can play soccer with out these sorts of challenges.
“On this case the Michael Oliver did not see it — and he is a wonderful referee — however why he did not see it, I do not perceive as he had the most effective view. And VAR forgets the foundations. However as a human being, it isn’t that I would like an Everton participant punished, however for those who do one thing improper, you must take care of the results.
Klopp mentioned Liverpool will even be with out Joel Matip for Wednesday night time’s match in opposition to Ajax, that means Fabinho is more likely to step in at centre-back alongside Joe Gomez. And he additionally mentioned he was unsure how lengthy Thiago will probably be out for with the harm he picked up in opposition to Everton.
The Liverpool supervisor would additionally not be drawn on experiences regarding a possible breakaway European match, known as the “European Premier League,” however turned consideration to their opener in opposition to Ajax. He rubbished strategies Ajax will probably be weaker for a summer time the place they misplaced key gamers Sergino Dest, Hakim Ziyech and Donny van de Beek and is as an alternative anticipating a agency take a look at of his crew’s credentials on Wednesday.
“It is a sensational membership with an impressive philosophy with a world-class coach and world-class expertise,” Klopp mentioned.