Although by no means a classic Merseyside derby, Everton and Liverpool’s latest clash did have its share of feisty tackles.
The worst came from Toffees midfielder Ross Barkley on his England counterpart Jordan Henderson – it was not good.
Jamie Carragher: "Ross Barkley should’ve been sent off, possibly twice. It’s a red card tackle on Jordan." pic.twitter.com/dryFqjT76d— Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) December 19, 2016
As late tackles go, this one had clearly misplaced its watch.
It was a miracle the England international was still on the pitch, as opposed to being red carded for the challenge.
Trying to work out how Ross Barkley is still on the pitch pic.twitter.com/T0CjSUNggC— AntonMcDowall (@AntonMcD92) December 19, 2016
Ross Barkley's done well to still be on the field— John Bradley (@jbradleymedia) December 19, 2016
Henderson was fortunate not to have been more seriously hurt.
"That could have ended Henderson's season"December 19, 2016
But with a few incidents delaying the game, there was plenty of injury time to be had…
Eight minutes added on in honour of Ross Barkley's tackling pic.twitter.com/iJ8K30JQ5h— ITV Football (@itvfootball) December 19, 2016
…and Liverpool managed to find a winner.
That winner was later than a Ross Barkley tackle.— LFCNY (@LFCNY) December 19, 2016
At the final whistle, both players put the incident behind them.
Jordan Henderson and Ross Barkley make up at the final whistle. Great to see. pic.twitter.com/OS0MpCvwsa— Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) December 19, 2016
But both were fortunate that the tackle’s consequences weren’t as serious as they could have been.