With VAR having another huge impact on Sunday afternoon at Old Trafford, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was quick to refer to the penalty incident involving Kevin De Bruyne at Selhurst Park when questioned on the decisions that went against his side in the 1-1 draw against Manchester United.
Wilfried Zaha’s clear and obvious ‘shove’ on Kevin De Bruyne in the 62nd minute of Manchester City’s 0-2 victory at Crystal Palace seemed to frustrate Pep Guardiola during the post-match press conference at Selhurst Park. Today, the incident was even referenced by Jurgen Klopp in the aftermath of a highly eventful 90 minutes at Old Trafford.
Liverpool fell behind in the 35th minute to a well-worked goal from Manchester United, however striker Divock Origi was allegedly fouled by Victor Lindelöf in the build-up to the goal with VAR agreeing with Martin Atkinson’s on-the-field decision. To make matters worse for Klopp, VAR acted swiftly to rule out a goal for his side, when Sadio Mané was adjudged to have handled the ball in the build-up to his equaliser late in the first-half.
On the topic of VAR after the game, Jurgen Klopp was keen to point out how not only did the officials at Stockley Park get decisions wrong against his side, but also failed to correct decisions in favour of title rivals Manchester City on Saturday afternoon.
Klopp said: “I’m not angry or whatever, it’s just wow! I saw it clear, it was a foul [on Origi] and nothing else, but you know in England and with the challenges you say ‘Come on it’s proper football!’. It was a foul, and the referee would’ve whistled and Mr Atkinson would’ve whistled if there’s no VAR involved.”
“But now we let it go because somebody else can make the decision, but somebody is not making the decision. Like the penalty Manchester City didn’t get yesterday, come on! That’s a 100% penalty and nothing else! The hands are there, he pushed him down…”
So there you have it, even Manchester City’s main rivals for the Premier League crown are disagreeing with the decisions VAR is making against Pep Guardiola’s side. It say’s it all really…
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