By Frank McAvennie

22nd Oct, 2020 | 6:45am

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Frank McAvennie has slated the FA’s “ridiculous” decision not to take retrospective action against Jordan Pickford for his challenge on Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk.

The West Ham legend, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, is adamant that the injury to Van Dijk, 29, is a “massive, massive moment in the title race”.

The Netherlands international ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament in a 2-2 draw at Goodison Park on Saturday following a high tackle from Everton keeper Jordan Pickford.

The FA have since decided against retrospectively punishing the England goalkeeper as match officials, including VAR, saw and reviewed the incident during Saturday’s game.

McAvennie hailed the impact of Virgil van Dijk since arriving to Anfield.

“This is a massive, massive moment in the title race,” he told Football Insider.

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“Liverpool have stepped up a gear since he has arrived. They needed a centre-half to win the league, Klopp identified that and went and got him.

“Without him they would not have won the league last year. That is how important he was. He has been getting better and better.

“I feel for the boy because he is going to be out for nearly a year. It is a horrible situation to be in. He needs the support of his family and teammates because it is a long road back.

“It annoys me for Pickford not to get done for that. It is ridiculous. He led with his feet. It was a sending off all day long. I’ve heard he is a good lad but you cannot do that.”

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