Liverpool officials want the Premier League to hold an investigation into the two controversial Video Assistant Referee decisions that overshadowed a thrilling Merseyside derby draw on Saturday afternoon. The Reds were held to a 2-2 draw at Goodison Park by their top-of-the-table neighbours but thought they had won the match in stoppage time.
Jordan Henderson fired in from Sadio Mane’s low cross only for the Senegal winger to be adjudged offside by a contentious VAR decision.
It was the second instance in the derby in which Liverpool were left furious with the VAR having failed to punish Jordan Pickford for a reckless tackle on Virgil van Dijk in the first half.
The Dutch defender was forced off injured in the first 10 minutes and faces a potential spell on the sidelines with a knee problem Jurgen Klopp admitted did not look positive.
And so frustrated are the Merseyside outfit with the two decisions that went against them that, according to the Daily Mirror, club officials have made a formal approach to the Premier League.
It is believed the English champions want an in-depth review of how the VAR system was used during the match against Everton, with it appearing Mane was actually onside for the late goal that was ruled out.
For the Van Dijk collision which Pickford did not receive a booking for, VAR official David Coote did not look at the incident, instead focusing on the offside in the build-up.
Because Van Dijk was judged to have narrowly strayed beyond the last Everton defender, play was deemed dead and so Pickford’s foul was not reviewed.
But Liverpool are demanding answers and a full review of how Coote used the technology to come to his two decisions, with the club convinced Mane was level with Yerry Mina before Henderson’s strike.
The Mirror say that Liverpool officials have asked the league to provide answers over why the VAR did not look back at Pickford’s reckless tackle on Van Dijk, which might have seen him sent off.
Premier League rules suggest that the incident came under serious foul play rather than violent conduct because play was dead but VAR is urged to refer to decisions which may have been missed.
Despite that, Coote did not ask to review the footage of Pickford clattering Van Dijk.
Liverpool are also keen to learn which part of Mane’s body the VAR believes to have been offside and the moment in which the screen was frozen to determine a decision.
It is felt that the moment the frame was frozen was after the pass had already been made by Thiago Alcantara to Mane inside the area.
Liverpool are confident that when the pass was played, Mane’s shoulder and arm was not offside despite Henderson’s goal being left out.
The decisions left Liverpool boss Klopp completely bemused post-match, the German saying: “I don’t know [about Van Dijk’s injury]. It’s not good.
“Virgil played I don’t know how many games in a row, he plays with pain, he plays with pretty much everything. But he couldn’t play on. That’s not good.
“I haven’t seen it [the Pickford tackle] again. Only in the game, and for me it was a clear penalty, what I saw.
“Obviously, we saw the flag went up for offside. I still thought it was worth having a look for the foul but that didn’t happen.
“We have no power there. We just sit here and we discuss it. We have to ask other people about that, not me.
“I don’t want to say Jordan Pickford wanted to do it but it is of course not a challenge how a goalie can do it in the box because there is another player.
“If it’s not offside it’s a 100 per cent penalty. And so it’s nothing.”
Klopp went to add of the disallowed goal: “In the dressing room people are stood around the laptop and I ask, ‘What’s wrong?’ and they say, ‘We’ve watched the situation back and we don’t understand why they say it’s offside’.
“Look, I’m a real supporter of VAR but then you’d expect, especially with offside, that you’d get the right decision.
“We scored a goal one time at Aston Villa and they said the armpit was offside… sounds funny, we got it.
“This time, the picture I saw now, once on the laptop, there’s no armpit, there’s nothing, it’s just not offside.
“And since then I’ve had 10 interviews, round about, and everyone tells me it was not offside – and that does not lift my mood!
“We lost one player with Virgil and maybe another [in Thiago] with the [Richarlison] red card. Not our day.
“When we were walking off, Thiago tells me he thinks he was injured. We will have to see.”
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Published at Sat, 17 Oct 2020 17:24:00 +0000