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VAR SHOCKER! Liverpool told ref didn't know he could give Pickford red card

The ref in charge of VAR for Liverpool's 2-2 draw at Everton didn't realise Jordan Pickford could have been sent off for his clattering of Virgil van Dijk.

The Daily Mail says Liverpool are livid after Pickford's potential season-ending challenge on Van Dijk went unpunished with David Coote, the official overseeing proceedings at Stockley Park, failing to look at whether Everton's goalkeeper should be dismissed.

And it's claimed Coote thought the offside — which he checked forensically — nullified what happened afterwards.

Liverpool, who drew the game 2-2, are demanding urgent clarification on the PGMOL's handling of the incident. Senior sources at Anfield claim the Premier League are more interested in briefing their version of events — which they also allege keeps changing — than talking with the club.

Liverpool insiders say they were told on Saturday that Coote was 'too distracted' by the offside check and therefore did not look at the possible red card for Pickford.

PGMOL boss Mike Riley then spoke to the club on Sunday, claiming that the match officials did review the challenge and deemed it not to be a red.

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