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David Coote on VAR duty for Merseyside derby for first time since Virgil Van Dijk injury

Premier League authorities David Coote has actually been chosen for VAR responsibility for Saturday’s Merseyside derby.

Coote was handed VAR duty for the clash at Anfield for the very first time because the questionable 2020 derby – a 2-2 draw at Goodison Park.

David Coote was at the centre of the controversy following the Merseyside derby in 2020


David Coote was at the centre of the debate following the Merseyside derby in 2020Credit: AFP
Van Dijk suffered a serious injury against Everton after a robust challenge from Jordan Pickford


Van Dijk suffered a severe injury versus Everton after a robust obstacle from Jordan PickfordCredit: getty
Van Dijk was forced off in the 11th minute and subsequently missed 45 games for the Reds


Van Dijk was required off in the 11th minute and consequently missed out on 45 video games for the RedsCredit: Getty Images

It was a day Virgil van Dijk won’t forget in a rush after suffering an anterior cruciate ligament injury following an obstacle by Toffees goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.

Coote was on VAR responsibility that day and decided not to send out Pickford off for the obstacle, rather making his choice based upon a limited offside call.

Jurgen Klopp’s side were left irate and disappointed and it worsened for the Reds late on when Jordan Henderson’s late objective was dismissed for offside.

And it got warmed in the passing away minutes when Richarlison was dispatched for a nasty obstacle on Thiago.

Following the derby-day fireworks, Coote was not straight associated with a Liverpool component for 12 months up until being handed the whistle in the Reds’ 2-0 Carabao Cup win at Preston in October 2021.

He was then placed on VAR responsibility for Liverpool’s Premier League clash with Leicester a month later on however was later on changed after choice makers were consulted with criticism over the visit.

All eyes will be on Coote throughout Saturday’s clash – reside on talkSPORT – in between third-placed Liverpool and an Everton side revealing current indications of enhancement.

After a five-game winning run, Klopp’s side lack a win in their last 2 league video games and are targeting a recover with a win over their city competitors.

Jordan Henderson was denied a dramatic winner in the dying moments


Jordan Henderson was rejected a remarkable winner in the passing away minutes
Richarlison was given his marching orders late on for a nasty challenge on Thiago


Richarlison was offered his marching orders late on for a nasty obstacle on Thiago

The Reds deal with a run of winnable video games with Nottingham Forest, Brentford and Luton waiting for before a succulent journey to Manchester City next month.

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