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Jurgen Klopp frustrated over VAR after Everton draw with concerning injury updates on van Dijk and Thiago

Jurgen Klopp frustrated over VAR after Everton draw with concerning injury updates on van Dijk and Thiago

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Liverpool played a 2-2 draw with Everton in the first Merseyside derby of the season on Saturday.

Jurgen Klopp’s men had nicked the win when Jordan Henderson’s stoppage-time strike went through Jordan Pickford and bounced into the net.

However, Liverpool were denied the bragging rights as VAR disallowed the goal because Sadio Mane, who provided the assist, was ruled offside. Replays show that the call was exceptionally tight with Mane appearing onside to the naked eye.

The Reds’ boss was inevitably asked about the incident after the match and issued a pretty snappy response to talkSPORT.

When asked whether he felt decisions went against his side, Klopp replied: “What do you think?”

“You watched the situations… and I understand your question and your face asking when watching more often than I did, I saw the offside situation once back on a laptop.

“I couldn’t see the offside situations. Not sure if the good old rule was benefit of the doubt for the attacker… but it’s not even in doubt.

“If the VAR needs ages… and in the end the whole world thinks it’s not offside because all your colleagues gave me the answer that they couldn’t see that it was offside. That’s hard to take.

“In a really hard game where you’re the better side and it wasn’t clear before the game that we would be that but the boys made a proper, proper performance with all the setbacks we had in the game. These are the things and that’s what we have to deal with now.”

The disallowed goal wasn’t the only setback Liverpool had. Shortly after Mane opened the scoring, the visitors lost Virgil van Dijk, who was scythed down by Pickford in the box. The big tackles flew in throughout the derby and Toffees forward Richarlison was sent off for a nasty challenge on Thiago Alcantara.

Speaking about Virgil van Dijk and Thiago Alcantara injuries, Klopp said:

“I asked the fourth official but he has no answer… I only saw it once but your question suggests that you think it could have been possible. Ask the VAR when you find him. Because I don’t know, I saw it once.

“Richarlison kicked Thiago out the game as well but we forget these things. Yes it was a red card, but it was a harsh foul – unnecessary, crazy. Virgil for sure not good, it’s not cool.”

Source- talkSPORT

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