Liverpool fans can finally feel vindication.
The injury that sent off VVD to the benches for almost an entire season from Jordan Pickford went largely unpunished and was deemed an accident. However, the referee has now said he should have sent off Pickford.
Oliver is quoted by the Liverpool Echo: “It was a big game, both teams were flying in.
“The assistant had given offside and there is a delay in the flag, as we had this season. Jordan then comes out to Virgil.
“The thought initially was ‘it can’t be a penalty because it’s offside so we need to check the offside first’. I think I said to the VAR ‘if it’s not offside, I’m going to give a penalty’.
“I have watched it back so many times. I genuinely don’t think Pickford has done anything apart from try to spread himself but he did it in the wrong way, as the injury shows.
“We have all, myself included, not thought about the challenge as much as we should have done.
“We could still have given offside and sent Pickford off. What I was surprised about looking at it afterwards was that nothing was expected on-field in terms of a red card. None of the players were asking for that.”