Liverpool news: Whelan reacts to FA decision on Pickford-van Dijk

Noel Whelan is baffled by the FA’s decision not to take retrospective action against Jordan Pickford for his challenge on Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk.

The former Leeds United striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed that “there is something seriously wrong upstairs” after Pickford’s “horror challenge” went unpunished.

Sky Sports reported earlier today that the FA had taken the decision not to punish the Everton goalkeeper for the incident which has left Virgil van Dijk with a ruptured ACL.

The governing body have passed up the opportunity to take retrospective action as the match officials, including VAR saw and reviewed the challenge during Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Goodison Park.

The Netherlands captain will now undergo surgery before a lengthy rehabilitation programme.

When asked by Football Insider if Pickford should have been retrospectively banned by the FA, Whelan said: “It is ridiculous.

“There is something seriously wrong going on upstairs for that to not be looked at. That cannot be right.

“It is a disgusting challenge. There is no way he should have been on the field.

“They had an opportunity to put things right after what was a horror challenge and they haven’t. That is something that you do not want to see.

“It was borderline grievous bodily harm. He is not in control of his body. It is reckless, dangerous and is endangering somebody else’s ability to play.”

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