By Mark Smith

13th Sep, 2021 | 7:10am

Stephen Warnock shares verdict on Pascal Struijk in Leeds loss v Liverpool

Leeds United crashed to defeat against Liverpool on Sunday afternoon, but the game was overshadowed in the second half.

Pascal Struijk came off the bench at Elland Road but was shown his marching orders after a fair challenge saw Harvey Elliott, unfortunately, dislocate his ankle.

Stephen Warnock insisted that it wasn’t a red card, but that the nature of the injury means by the law it could have crossed the line.

Speaking on Match of the Day 2 last night, Warnock made a case for Struijk and that it wasn’t actually a red.

“No, because you think he’s made a genuine attempt for the ball,” he said.

“When he’s broke his leg, it’s how it is done. It’s very hard to say it is or it isn’t, by the letter of the law it is, such a difficult decision.”

Unfortunate.

Struijk never meant to cause injury, and if that accident didn’t happen, he would have been praised for a brilliant tackle.

The officials never gave a foul and Leeds were counter-attacking once people realised, and the nature of the injury is all that led to the defender being shown red.

Marcelo Bielsa suggested the Whites wouldn’t be appealing after the game, and after Diego Llorente went off injured, there could be a small crisis building.

Liam Cooper is the only fit central defender unless this ban is overturned or Robin Koch comes back into fitness, but we can’t see that happening.

It was an injury no one would wish a player, but Struijk will also be deeply affected by this, and hopefully, the ban isn’t too strict.

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