Klopp vents at VAR after Rashford’s controversial opener

Date published: Monday 21st October 2019 7:58

Jurgen Klopp Liverpool

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is the latest critic of the VAR system after claiming referees are changing the way they approach the game because of it.

The German believes officials are letting play go on even when they think there may have been an infringement as they are expecting to be corrected by the technology.

Klopp was venting his frustration after the 1-1 draw at Manchester United which ended their 17-match winning run in the Premier League after Marcus Rashford’s opening goal was allowed to stand despite him claiming Divock Origi was fouled 70 yards up the pitch in the build-up.

“I’m sure Mr (Martin) Atkinson, if there was not VAR involved, would have whistled (for a foul) but he let it go because someone else could make the decision – but someone else is not making the decision,” said the Liverpool boss, who had no issue with Sadio Mane’s first-half goal being ruled out by VAR for handball before substitute Adam Lallana snatched a late equaliser.

“Like the penalty Man City didn’t get (against Crystal Palace on Saturday)… Come on, it was 100 per cent a penalty, nothing else, But VAR was not clear enough to say ‘Overrule it’.

“We need to discuss it in general, because how the process works is important. I think it is good, VAR. The only way it really works is handball and offside.

“But the process where the ref makes a decision because they have VAR but then VAR says ‘No, that’s fine’, that doesn’t work.

“On the pitch the referee decides to let it run because we have VAR, but it is not overruled because it is not ‘obvious’… that makes no sense.”

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