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Jordan Pickford contracting bodyguards at £2.5m home after death threats

Jordan Pickford has has increased security at his house and contracted bodyguards to protect his wife and 1-year-old son as protection against death threats the Everton goalkeeper received following his horrific tackle on Virgil van Dijk in the recent Merseyside derby.

The goalkeeper was targeted after his part in the Merseyside derby that resulted in the Toffees drawing 2-2 with Liverpool, after executing a violent tackle on Liverpool centre-half Virgil van Dijk that tore his Anteror Cruciate Ligament and will most likely keep him out of play for most of the remaining season.

Pundits were left totally baffled at the authorities final decision not to take retrospective action on the goalkeeper after he avoided being handed a red card for his foul tackle.

It has now been learned that Pickford has contracted a security firm to create a “ring of steel” around himself, his wife Megan and their one-year-old son, with a source telling the Daily Mail:

“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.”

Bodyguards were placed outside his £2.5million house last week while the company have advised Pickford to stay off social media.

Merseyside Police revealed that they were investigating tweets aimed at the Everton goalkeeper last week.