Liverpool have reportedly sought clarification from the Premier League over their use of VAR after two controversial incidents in their 2-2 draw with Everton both went against them.
Manager Jurgen Klopp was fuming that Jordan Henderson’s potential winner in added time against 10 men was ruled out for a barely-perceptible offside decision against Sadio Mane.
He was also at a loss to explain how Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford had not been dismissed and conceded an early penalty for a knee-high challenge on Virgil Van Dijk.
The lunge ended the Holland captain’s afternoon and could see him set for a spell on the sidelines after he went to hospital for a scan on a knee injury.
Pickford escaped punishment as Van Dijk was offside in the build-up, although it is understood VAR official David Coote subsequently did not check for a potential red card, despite having the power to do so, after making a ruling on the first infringement.
According to the PA news agency, Liverpool have called into question the failure to scrutinise Pickford’s challenge on Van Dijk and take appropriate action.
Furthermore, they have also asked for clarity on which part of Mane’s body was deemed to be offside and the moment that VAR decided to freeze the frame.
Henderson cites ‘bent lines’
Meanwhile, Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson made a curious accusation after his side were denied three points by a VAR-assisted offside decision in the Merseyside Derby.
Speaking to Sky Sports following the match, Henderson suggested that VAR officials “bend the lines” to disallow goals.
“It must be offside with VAR, it’s what everyone wants,” said Henderson.