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Ross Barkley is a very lucky boy after x-rated challenge on Jordan Henderson

The Everton midfielder picked up a yellow card but it should’ve been a lot worse.

Image: Mike Egerton

ROSS BARKLEY ESCAPED with just a yellow card but it could’ve been a lot worse for the Everton midfielder after an horrendous challenge on Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson in tonight’s Merseyside derby at Goodison Park.

The game was scoreless when the 23-year-old caught Henderson with a late, high, studs-up challenge that left the Reds’ captain requiring treatment.

Referee Mike Dean booked Barkley but the incident sparked immediate reaction from a number of players and led to Seamus Coleman also picking up a yellow card.

Afterwards, Henderson was quizzed on the tackle and played it down.

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“I know Ross well, he’s a good lad”, he said.

“I’m good friends with him. He apologised after the game it was mistimed, you get them in derby games. It’s a derby. It doesn’t matter if you’re friends off the field. On the pitch you give it 100%”.

Liverpool left it late to take all three points with Sadio Mane’s game-winner coming in the fourth minute of injury-time.

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