March 20, 2023


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Liverpool on wrong end of VAR in half our games this season

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes his side have been on the wrong end of VAR decisions in half their Premier League matches this season.

The defending champions came from behind to beat Sheffield United 2-1 after going behind to another contentious ruling.

Just seven days after the Reds wrote to the Premier League for an explanation of two referrals by David Coote in the Merseyside derby, the video assistant – this time Andre Marriner – found himself in the spotlight again.

He upgraded Fabinho’s tackle on Oli McBurnie from a free-kick to a penalty despite the Brazil international appearing to win the ball right on the edge of the area – something it is understood the VAR official elected not to check – and Sander Berge did the rest to put the Blades ahead.

However, goals from Roberto Firmino and Diogo Jota extended Liverpool’s unbeaten home league run to 62 matches, one short of equalling the club record between 1978 and 1981, as they moved second on goal difference.

Asked for his view on the Fabinho tackle, Klopp said: “No foul.

“It is now the sixth game in the season and in three of them we are on the wrong end of this kind of decision.

“It is not that we want to have an advantage, we just don’t want to have any disadvantages.

“The penalty we conceded gave Sheffield a proper boost. It was good until then but we lost a bit of patience, not exactly what we wanted to do.

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