Liverpool’s pre-season friendly against Sevilla in Boston was marred by a horror challenge on young defender Yasser Larouci, who was stretchered off following the incident.
The Reds were defeated by their Spanish opponents at Fenway Park by 2-1 but foul on Larouci by Sevilla’s Joris Gnagnon was the main talking point following the game.
With 75 minutes gone, Larouci picked the ball up inside the Sevilla half as he looked to attack. Gnagnon, clearly upset that a foul had not been given seconds earlier for a challenge by Dejan Lovren on one of his teammates, proceeded to hack down the 18 year-old in violent fashion.
Gnagnon was sent off for the horrendous tackle with Liverpool’s players and management understandably furious with the Sevilla player’s action.
Larouci was stretchered off but following the game Jurgen Klopp outlined that he was “lucky” not to have been more seriously injured after the challenge.
The French defender was all apologies following the game calling his tackle “odious” as he took to Twitter to apologise to Larouci.
“I would like to publicly apologise towards Liverpool, the family of the player and its supporters. It was an odious act on my part. Whatever the reason, it’s not what should be seen on a football pitch. All my prayers are with the player and his family.”
James Milner was one of the players who took exception to Gnagnon’s actions branding his tackle a disgrace in a post match interview.
Milner said: “There were some disgraceful tackles, we know it was a friendly but you don’t see many red cards in a friendly.
“If you want to foul, pull a shirt. Don’t take a young lad by the knee. Seeing it again it is a disgrace.”
A video also emerged via GiveMeSport which appears to show Liverpool‘s Virgil Van Dijk and Jordan Henderson confronting Gnagnon immediately following the game.
Liverpool players including Virgil van Dijk and Jordan Henderson confront Sevilla’s Joris Gnagnon after full time 👀
— GiveMeSport Football (@GMS__Football) July 22, 2019