Liverpool’s clash with Wolves was dominated by discussion regarding the merits of VAR after its intervention shaped the course of proceedings.
Firstly Sadio Mane’s goal was allowed to stand after originally being ruled for handball against Adam Lallana and, just when Wolves thought they’d levelled the score at 1-1, Neto’s equaliser was later ruled out for offside in the build up.
These decisions arrived just days after Manchester City were awarded a dubious penalty at Molineux by virtue of VAR.
While Neto’s equaliser was correctly ruled out for offside, the margins were incredibly tight and barely visible to the naked eye. The decision naturally prompted fresh questions regarding both the offside rule and how VAR is applied in accordance.
That Teemu Pukki also saw a lovely goal disallowed following an incredibly marginal call just one day prior certainly served to compound a widespread feeling of discontent among football fans worldwide.
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And it seems that Jurgen Klopp is acutely aware of the frustration VAR can bring as he expressed a certain degree of sympathy towards his opponents yesterday.
In the aftermath of proceedings the German boss was pictured embracing and consoling Neto, who saw his first Premier League goal chalked off.
A classy and warming gesture under the circumstances.
Naturally, it is easier to be graceful in victory than in defeat but Klopp has really showed his class by personally offering his sympathy to Neto.
The 52-year-old has established himself as one of football’s nice guys and an endearing figure, and the picture of him and Neto is only likely to fuel appreciation throughout the media.
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