Jordan Pickford does not have to fear a suspension after his gross foul on Virgil van Dijk during last Saturday's Merseyside derby (2-2).

The Liverpool defender was torpedoed by the Everton goalkeeper and suffered a serious knee injury.

The rash Pickford took Van Dijk hard in the opening phase in his penalty area at a dangerous moment in front of Everton's goal.

The captain of Orange, who was immediately replaced, heard on Sunday evening that he would have to undergo surgery on his knee and probably have to convalesce for months.

The VAR studied the moment, but could not give a penalty to Liverpool because Van Dijk was narrowly offside.

The English Football Association confirmed to

Sky Sports

on Monday

that the video referee also checked during the match whether Pickford should have received a red card and then ruled not.

The English Football Association only imposes retroactive suspensions if the moment in question was missed by the referee and the VAR.

The 26-year-old Pickford does not have to fear a suspension.

The serious injury of 29-year-old Van Dijk is a major loss for Liverpool and the Dutch national team.

It is not yet clear whether the 38-time international will be fit in time to participate in the European Championship, which starts on June 11.