A number of Liverpool fans have been reacting on social media after Jurgen Klopp called for changes in how the Video Assistant Referee systems currently in place are used.
The German was speaking at a manager’s summit at UEFA’s headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland on Monday, where a host of Europe’s leading club chiefs were in attendance, including Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola.
VAR had played a big part in Liverpool’s 3-1 win over Guardiola’s Sky Blues on Sunday, where the system was used to decide whether Trent Alexander-Arnold had handled the ball in the build-up to Fabinho’s opening goal.
Guardiola was left irate on the touchline at the incident not going in his favour, with his side also denied a later penalty shout, and while Klopp benefited from those decisions, feels changes have to be made.
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As quoted by Sky Sports, Klopp said: “VAR can be improved, it can. It will never be 100 per cent accurate, everybody knows that. But there are a couple of things that are not right,” Klopp told the conference.
“With VAR, handball, offside, it is clear we have to keep on improving. There were good ideas from UEFA [on] how we can sort things from the referees, so everybody is in on it.
“There is still space for mistakes. These things are done by human beings and none of us is perfect. Nobody is asking for perfection, you just want to have the right decisions.”
Liverpool’s win over Manchester City was not their first Premier League game to be effected by VAR decisions, as their victory at Aston Villa was also interrupted throughout as Stockley Park checked over some of the on-field calls.
The Villa Park affair saw two goals inside the opening half hour, but only the Villans’ opener through Trezeguet was allowed to stand despite some of his teammates standing in an offside position when John McGinn’s free-kick was taken.
Klopp’s Reds then saw an equaliser chalked off the board, when Martin Atkinson adjudged Roberto Firmino’s armpit to have been beyond the last man.
Here are some of the messages shared in response to Klopp’s call for action…
— Farouk (@farouk606) November 12, 2019
Perhaps they should limit it to Two challenges per manager
Allow the managers to decide if they to VAR or not
— The Power of One1 (@IMS899) November 12, 2019
— Oladayo (@Latsfino) November 12, 2019
— Linox mutijima gahindiro (@GahindiroLinox) November 12, 2019
He has been consistent in his views of var since before it was even implemented. Liverpool haven’t had any var calls favour them, just pure rules.
— tacotuesday (@kiwiabroad13) November 12, 2019