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    Bodyguards hired to protect Jordan Pickford after death threats over Virgil van Dijk tackle

    Jordan Pickford and his wife are being protected by bodyguards after the pair were subjected to death threats.

    The England goalkeeper moved to beef up security at his home after the Merseyside derby on October 17, in which he injured Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk.

    After escaping any punishment, Pickford came under fire from critics including Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp. Now Pickford has created a ‘ring of steel’ around his family amid growing fears he could be targeted by rival fans.

    A source told Sportsmail: ‘Jordan has been shocked by the level of abuse he has received since the match. He is determined to do whatever it takes to make sure his family is kept safe.’

    Pickford has asked a specialist security firm to look after him and his family. Last week bodyguards were guarding the outside of Pickford’s £2.5million home in Cheshire, where he lives with his wife Megan and one-year-old son.

    Security experts are advising the family to stay off all social media in case they alert people as to their whereabouts. Merseyside Police revealed last week that they were investigating tweets aimed at Pickford and his team-mate Richarlison — who was sent off during the ill-tempered game for a challenge on Thiago.

    Everton left back Lucas Digne’s three-match ban has been cut to one game on appeal.

    He was sent off for a foul on Kyle Walker-Peters in the 2-0 loss at Southampton on Sunday.

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