A gruesome video shows the moment a horror leg breaking tackle by Liverpool’s Tyler Morton on Leicester’s Ricardo Pereira last week.
The Foxes player’s injury was confirmed by manager Brendan Rodgers following a reckless two-footed challenge from the Reds youngster.
The 19-year-old Liverpool starlet lunged into Pereira during the Carabao Cup quarter-final tie, with Jurgen Klopp’s men advancing through on penalties.
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28 year old Pereira could be seen withering around in pain on the pitch and then hobbled off after the dreadful, after jumped into the full-back with both boots off the ground.
It was an awful foul, with the Foxes player left in severe pain, however somehow Morton was only issued a yellow card by referee Andrew Madley at Anfield.
Fans had been left to wait on news of their right-back’s injury, but now boss Rodgers has said: “Ricardo Pereira will be [out for] six to eight weeks.
“That’s so frustrating for him with how hard he has worked.
“For the referee not to see that, it’s a fractured fibula and he’s lucky it’s not worse.”
The horror tackle from Morton made for ironic timing, after Jurgen Klopp has just blasted referees for letting off Harry Kane for his bad challenge on Andy Robertson.
Robertson was handed marching orders in the 2-2 draw against Tottenham on the 19th of December, with the Scotland captain apologising for his actions, which led to questions being asked of Kane who said nothing about his tackle on the full-back.
Morton hasn’t made any kind of public apology or comment to Pereira after their cup meeting, with Klopp making no reference to the incident after the game, either.
It will no doubt lead to an angry reception for when Liverpool travel to the King Power Stadium to face Leicester again in the Premier League on Tuesday.
His broken fibula is the latest injury blow for Pereira, who has struggled to reignite his best form since suffering an ACL injury last year in 2020.
It also adds to the Foxes’ injury crisis at the back, with defenders Jonny Evans, Wesley Fofana, James Justin and Caglar Soyuncu also unable to play, plus there are fears over Ryan Bertrand after he limped out of the warm-up ahead of the City thrashing on Boxing Day.
Portugal international Pereira took to Instagram after Leicester’s Carabao Cup exit at Liverpool’s hands, and hit out at officials for their response to Morton’s bad tackle.
“Perspectives,” he wrote on social media.
“You can say I should feel unlucky after coming off in my returning game and part of me is, but after what could be a season-ending tackle, what could be an ACL, I’m feeling lucky it’s none of those even though I’ll be out some time.
“Like I say, it’s perspective. For some it was just a yellow card.”
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Twitter users reacted as a gruesome video shows the horror leg breaking tackle by Tyler Morton on Ricardo Pereira…
@gavinspurs: I hope @SkySportsNews run a weeks long story every morning about this challenge as they did with Kanes. Assuming they won’t because it’s Liverpool. Hope they at least ask Klopp to comment though…. That’s how it works isn’t it??
@bobbydwyer1989: Never mind Klopp. I want to hear what Mark Clattenburg thinks about it in 2 days time. Iheanacho lucky to be walking.
@mattyfromle: Annoyingly, if Ricky goes down rolling all over the place (like a Liverpool player would) he may have got the decision. Shocking challenge. 100% a red.
@LeSavage85: Lucky to be walking
@PaulHitchcock11: Hey @SkyFootball are you going to have blanket coverage of this and get Dermot and all the scousers on your books to pass comment? I won’t hold my breath.
@stevedigiphoto: 24-36 hours analysis on Sky Sports, ref watch, etc etc etc – oh no it’s Liverpool so let’s move on FFS
@Colm8265: Definite red. The standard of refereeing is appalling!
@thfcsxn: Liverpool fans, klopp and the media are fairly quiet on this one
@JonnySutts: So all the hype over Kane possibly breaking Robertson leg, Morton actually did break Ricardos leg and barely a peep from anyone?!?
@jake_lcfc: Disgusting that all Morton got was a yellow card. That was the other way round Klopp would have been calling for Ricardo’s head.
@markfrancis1968: Imagine if that was a Liverpool player sky would be having a minutes silence every ducking day
@yohanes1313: Harry Kane cannot keep getting away with this!!!!!!
@LilyWhiteN17: So when is the @SkySports debate? @Carra23 @GNev2