Liverpool have asked the Premier League to investigate the involvement of VAR in the Reds’ 2-2 draw with Everton on Saturday afternoon, after the Premier League champions were denied a last-minute winner by a controversial offside call.
Captain Jordan Henderson thought he’d snatched all three points for Jurgen Klopp’s side in a dramatic Merseyside derby, tapping home Sadio Mane’s cut-back. But the Senegalese forward was adjudged to be stood in an offside position when he received the pass, meaning the goal was ruled out and the points were shared.
The visitors were also annoyed by the lack of action taken against goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, who could have been sent off for a nasty challenge on Virgil van Dijk, who subsequently left the pitch through injury.
Liverpool have since asked the Premier League to investigate the decisions made by VAR, and have demanded explanations as to why Pickford did not see red, and Mane was ruled offside, according to Sky Sports.
Klopp was understandably unhappy with the offside call which denied the Reds their last-gasp winner, and while coming out in support of VAR, he was bemused by several decisions over the course of the 90 minutes.
“I came into the dressing room and there were people standing there saying they’d watched the [VAR disallowed goal] situation back and they were saying they didn’t understand why they whistled offside.
“I’m really in support of VAR and especially with offside you expect that the right decision would be made. We scored a goal one time at Aston Villa and they said the armpit was offside! It sounds funny, but we got it.
“This time, the picture I saw once was that there wasn’t an armpit call, it was just offside. Since then, I’ve had about 10 interviews and everybody tells me that it was not offside and this doesn’t lift my mood, obviously.”
The German coach was also critical of the decision not to expel Pickford from the field, after the England goalkeeper’s rash challenge forced Van Dijk to leave the field in serious discomfort.
“It’s tricky, but we’ve lost one player in a situation where VAR was not involved [Pickford on Van Dijk] and maybe another one in the red card situation [Richarlison on Thiago Alcantara], and we’ve scored a legitimate goal which didn’t count.”
Club captain Henderson was equally perplexed, claiming ‘they bend the lines sometimes to make it offside,’ in reference to the VAR team who assess the tight offside calls.
“It must be offside with VAR, it’s what everyone wants. I think they bend the lines sometimes to make it offside. I’m not sure how they do it, I’ve seen it before.”