The 2019-20 Premier League season gets underway tonight with one key new addition among the plethora of new managers and signings – VAR. But had the Video Assistant Referee been in effect last season, Liverpool’s would’ve secured their maiden Premier League title at the expense of Manchester City.
A press release by online betting operator, GentingBet, has analysed all 380 games during the campaign last year, and found that while Liverpool’s points tally of 97 would remain unchanged, Man City would have infact gained two points fewer, positioning them in the runners-up spot one point behind would-be champions Liverpool.
The game in question was City’s clash with Tottenham on Saturday April 20 – a game which the men from the Etihad came out victorious via a one-nil scoreline.
During the match, City full-back Kyle Walker appeared to handle the ball inside the penalty area, to which referee Michael Oliver waved play-on.
If VAR had been implemented, a penalty would have been awarded in conjunction with the 2019-20’s updated handball laws.
Owing to Spurs’ 100 percent record from the spot last season, the penalty would most likely have been scored with the ensuing draw costing City enough points to propel Liverpool into first.
Other points of contention from the report showed that Chelsea would’ve finished fourth – behind their London rivals Tottenham following the potential disallowing of Cesar Azpilicueta’s winner versus Cardiff for a clear offside.
Manchester United would have remained in sixth position, but would’ve finished three points worse off, down to 63 from 66.
The three point deduction would’ve seen the Red Devils slip to their worst ever points tally in the Premier League – falling one point below the 64-point mark set by David Moyes in 2013-14.