World News – AU – VAR « sucks the life out of the game »


Fans were left seeing red after the controversial VAR system once again raised its ugly head in a bitter fight between two heavyweights

Premier League: An unforgettable Merseyside derby saw Liverpool and Everton share points from the start of Matchday 5

Jurgen Klopp was perplexed as to why Jordan Henderson’s late strike against Everton was ruled out by a VAR review for offside as a thrilling Merseyside derby ended 2-2

Everton have hung on to their unbeaten start to the season to keep a three-point lead atop the Premier League as a number of controversial calls unfolded

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Jordan Pickford was fortunate enough to escape a red card early in the first half for a dangerous lunge on Virgil van Dijk, which forced the Dutch captain to injure himself

“There were a number of great moments in the game,” Klopp said. “The only situation I’ve seen back is Henderson’s goal and I haven’t seen an offside La photo I saw is not offside, but it was offside because someone decided it « 

Liverpool were beaten 7-2 by Aston Villa in their last game before the international break, but the English champions started out as a side eager to make amends

Mane missed the Villa Park dismemberment after testing positive for coronavirus and the Senegalese showed why he was missed with a smart finish of Andy Robertson’s cut to open the scoring

Happy for @Everton naturally but blimey, VAR really sucks the life of the game

« Performance was the answer I wanted to see if we were still the (de) team before even after the shot we took, » added Klopp

« The performance was excellent, you could see it was a high level game, a good game from both teams. We were clearly dominant against a team full of confidence

« It was probably the best away game since I’ve been for Liverpool at Goodison Ultimately it’s still a 2-2 for different reasons »

The game changed when van Dijk was on the receiving end of a dangerous late Pickford lunge inside the box

However, no penalty was awarded in a VAR review as van Dijk had been slightly offside and Pickford also incredibly avoided a red card

After the game, Liverpool demanded a Premier League review to explain why VAR did not consider Pickford’s challenge on van Dijk

Van Dijk then left the hospital on crutches and in tears for fear his season would be over with a seven-month period on the sidelines for an ACL tear

I’m sorry, but the fact that Pickford is allowed to stay on the pitch after a challenge like this, offside or not, is insane.It sets a precedent of being able to intentionally injure a player and get away with it. – simply because it is offside imageTwittercom / gpNIdarrdq

Van Dijk’s imposing presence was also missed at the other end and Carlo Ancelotti’s men took advantage of the reprieve to equalize in the 19th minute when Michael Keane’s header from James Rodriguez’s corner had too much power for Adrian

Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison missed big opportunities early in the second half to put Everton ahead as their wait for a first win over Liverpool in 10 years continues

Those chances looked set to come back to haunt the Toffees as a moment of magic from Mohamed Salah put Liverpool back in the lead with their 100th goal for the club

Trent Alexander-Arnold’s cross was cut by Yerry Mina but slammed into the Egyptian to his left and he threw a shot into the far corner for his sixth goal in five league games

Pickford kept Everton in the game with an incredible header save from Joel Matip, then to parry another stack driver from Salah

This turned out to be crucial as Calvert-Lewin produced an incredible leap and header from center Lucas Digne to level once again with nine minutes left with his 10th goal of the season

“In terms of the big picture, we’ve got a point, we take it and we keep building,” Calvert-Lewin said “We want to keep this run undefeated and build towards that bigger picture at the end of the season »

Everton finished the 10-man game as Richarlison received a red card for another dangerous lunge, this time over Thiago Alcantara

Henderson believed he won the game when Pickford failed to prevent his England teammate’s low shot in the stoppage time

However, the drama didn’t end there as VAR ruled Mane offside as he provided the cross despite TV reruns proving inconclusive

I mean, ridiculous as it is, I get those when a toe is offside But it was Grotesque #EVELIV

I’m not sure how VAR came to the conclusion that Mané was offside today and how the video assistant never viewed Pickford’s assault on Van Dijk as an expulsion Cowardly challenge, very poor

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