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DANNY MURPHY: VAR sucks the life out of big moments

Sadly, I left watching an engaging and exciting match with a feeling of anger – and that’s as a football fan regardless of the club’s loyalty.

We let the VAR spoil so much in our game with its ridiculous pursuit of perfection and nonsensical offside rule that leaves no margin for error.

Life is sucked out. On Saturday, we had the joy of a late winner being ruled out because an armpit or other body was an inch from where it should have been – and I don’t even believe they know for sure, it was that close.

VAR ruins football's big moments with its ridiculous pursuit of perfection and bad rules

VAR ruins football’s big moments with its ridiculous pursuit of perfection and bad rules

Not only that, but the thing the VAR was introduced for – correcting something that was clearly and clearly missed by the referee – isn’t doing it right. Otherwise, Jordan Pickford would have been sent off for his leg crusher on Virgil van Dijk, an incident he wasn’t even booked for.

How someone who knows the game could have revised that and not punished the Everton goalkeeper, I don’t know. Completely confusing.

I know people might think this rant is because I supported and played Liverpool, but it isn’t.

I feel robbed when a game is corrupted by technology. It is too much.

Jordan Pickford's horror tackle might have been a leg-breaker and he should have been sent away

Jordan Pickford's horror tackle might have been a leg-breaker and he should have been sent away

Jordan Pickford’s horror tackle might have been a leg-breaker and he should have been sent away

If we absolutely have to use VAR, there must either be a margin of error – meaning we are introducing ‘the daylight rule’ – or let’s just agree that if a player’s foot is offside, it’s offside, but ignore the rest of the body.

It can never be an exact science and under the circumstances we cannot unfairly pronounce attackers. They should get the 50-50s advantage.

Before the VAR, there was a rule that said level was not offside, but that seems to have disappeared.

I am a football fan. I like the euphoric moments. I like the natural flow of the game and the goals it creates.

The decision to write off Jordan Henderson's last gasp winner also makes the match stale

The decision to write off Jordan Henderson's last gasp winner also makes the match stale

The decision to write off Jordan Henderson’s last gasp winner also makes the match stale

The decision to write off Jordan Henderson’s “ winner ” after dissecting him to within an inch of his life makes the game stale.

Pickford’s tackle that forced Van Dijk to get away was terrible and it is a joke that no action was taken.

The red card for Richarlison was right, he lost his head, but the referees didn’t need VAR to see that.

I really enjoyed the game, but eventually fell flat.

If that’s not a warning to the way football is going, I don’t know what it is.

THE ‘NEW SCHOOLS’ RAISE LIVERPOOL

Liverpool were the better team. Jurgen Klopp brought in Thiago Alcantara, Sadio Mane and Henderson from the side 7-2 humiliated at Aston Villa and they all made a huge difference.

They were offensive just like last season, with Mane and Mo Salah electric in their finish.

Had Van Dijk not been injured, I think Liverpool would have won because both goals from Everton came from headers the Dutchman could have stopped – while not taking away from the quality of Michael Keane and Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s finishes.

As a midfielder, I loved Thiago’s performance. He is so productive with his steps. There is a little bit of Paul Scholes about him. If you stay away from him, he will kill you with balls. If you try to get tight and close it, it will effortlessly throw it around you.

Thiago had delivered a Paul Scholes-like performance in the derby and was prolific

Thiago had delivered a Paul Scholes-like performance in the derby and was prolific

Thiago had delivered a Paul Scholes-like performance in the derby and was prolific

BEST AND WORST OF RODRIGUEZ

Everton can be proud of the way they fought back twice.

They look better than they’ve done for years and have a real star quality player in James Rodriguez.

But the better teams will have seen how to take advantage of the Colombian’s unwillingness to follow back when the opposition left back shoots forward.

James Rodriguez has real stars, but was punished for failing to follow back as well

James Rodriguez has real stars, but was punished for failing to follow back as well

James Rodriguez has real stars, but was punished for failing to follow back as well

Andy Robertson capitalized. Liverpool posed a real threat on that side and so naturally they took an early lead with the full back-crossing for Mane.

Carlo Ancelotti is a smart manager. He will figure out a way to use the best of Rodriguez, which is a threat in the future, while hoping Everton is less vulnerable the other way.

Klopp will worry if he is without Alisson and Van Dijk for a long time, but Joel Matip returned and looked very good.

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