Liverpool ask for VAR explanation after controversy at Everton

Date published: Saturday 17th October 2020 7:33

Liverpool Pickford challenge

Liverpool officials have reportedly asked the Premier League for an explanation over the use of VAR in their game against Everton, which ended 2-2.

There were two major VAR controversies, one towards the start of the match and one towards the end.

In the first half, Toffees keeper Jordan Pickford took out Virgil Van Dijk with a seemingly dangerous tackle when going for the ball in his own box.

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The challenge could have resulted in a red card for the England international, although this didn’t happen as the previous chance was ruled as offside.

The second controversy involving VAR was about Jordan Henderson’s late goal. It was scratched off after Sadio Mane was deemed to be standing in an offside position in the buildup to the goal.

However, at first glance it looked as though Mane was perfectly in line with the Everton defenders.

According to Liverpool journalist James Pearce, the club has asked the Prem about three things. The first is why Pickford wasn’t sent off for his dangerously high challenge on Van Dijk.

The second is which part of Mane’s body was deemed offside. The third is VAR’s selection of the freeze frame for the disallowed goal.

After the match, BT Sport pundit Jermaine Jenas questioned the freeze frame that the officials had used when calculating whether it was offside. Jenas believed that the freeze frame was taken a fraction or two late, which made Mane look offside when he actually wasn’t.

Officials from the Prem are yet to respond to the questions from last season’s champions.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was understandably angry at full time. Speaking after the match, he said: “Pickford kicks him completely. I need to watch it back. I’ve seen the disallowed goal at the end and in the picture I saw it wasn’t offside. Can someone explain that to me?

“I’m a big supporter of VAR but you expect them to make the right decisions. I’ve done ten interviews and everyone has told me it’s not offside. That doesn’t lift my mood.”

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