Liverpool demand REVIEW of the use of the VAR in the Merseyside derby draw with club-enraged Jordan Pickford escaped penalty for a challenge on Virgil van Dijk and asked to know which part of Sadio Mané was sidelined in the run-up to the rejected late winner
- More VAR chaos marred the thrilling draw of the Merseyside derby in Everton
- Jordan Pickford had escaped the penalty despite clapping against Virgil van Dijk
- The champions are annoyed that the challenge has not been further explored by VAR
- Liverpool want light to be shed on the decisions behind their aborted goal
Liverpool have requested a review of the use of VAR after the technology was drawn into even more controversy during the draw for the Merseyside derby.
The Premier League champions were left openly furious after their thriller with Everton at Goodison Park, the pulsating clash being marred by two glaring moments of confusion.
Jordan Pickford escaped penalty after arriving in Virgil van Dijk forcing the defender off the field, and Jordan Henderson’s final strike was ruled out for the tightest offside calls.
Liverpool requested a review of the use of VAR after controversy in the Merseyside derby
Jordan Pickford’s reckless attack on Virgil van Dijk after just six minutes went unpunished
It is clear that Liverpool have now identified both incidents as moments to be clarified.
Everton appeared to be in real danger of being reduced to ten men just six minutes after the game after goalkeeper Pickford, who did little to brush away uncertainty about his starting position, took on a challenge to Van Dijk.
The challenge was undeniably high and reckless, with the sky-high Dutch international between Pickford’s legs and was quickly switched due to the collision.
The Everton goalkeeper rushed to Van Dijk and his challenge soon forced the defender
It soon emerged that the VAR, David Coote, had revised the tackle to check for a possible penalty or offside.
It turned out that Van Dijk had narrowly strayed past the last man, but bizarrely there were no more ratings to punish Pickford.
Liverpool would be outraged that no further consideration was given to the tackle that put an early end to the defender’s game.
Jordan Henderson (L) scored a late goal from a pullback, but the attack was disallowed for offside
A lengthy VAR review outlined the goal and Sadio Mane judged he had narrowly strayed
The Reds later turned festive after scoring a last-gasp winner via skipper Henderson following Sadio Mane’s relapse, only to shake off the goal dramatically.
Repetitions showed that it was the attacker who was offside, despite every corner and line failing to find a clear reason behind the call.
Liverpool will demand clarity as to which part of Mane’s body was outside the backline – and also want light to be shed on the choice of the stationary frame that VAR used to make the decision.