Is This The End Of VAR?

Hasib Afzal
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Following Liverpool’s 2-2 draw in the Merseyside Derby, Jurgen Klopp echoed the feelings of all neutrals alike, when asked to comment on Henderson’s disallowed goal. When speaking to Match Of The Day, Klopp went on to say:“I don’t know where the line is where you can do offside.

VAR: What Is It Good For?

The subject of VAR, continues to divide fans as Liverpool were denied a goal and a stonewall penalty in the 238th Merseyside Derby. With Liverpool seeking further clarification as to the reasoning behind the decisions, fans wait with baited breath as to the outcome. Even the most ardent of opposition fans, would have been up in arms. The adage of LIVARPOOL does not seem to hold any weight in light of the recent decisions against Liverpool.

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Mane v Watford (14/12/19)

Sadio Mane’s header at Anfield was ruled out for offside last season. Upon reviewal, VAR deemed Mane’s armpit to be offside, much to the bemusement of ,Liverpool and, fans alike. Gone are the days, where the benefit of the doubt favoured the attacker. Although the goal was chalked off, it did not have a bearing on the result; much to the relief of Liverpool fans as they ran out as 2-0 winners.

Firmino v Aston Villa (02/11/19)

Firmino’s strike had given Liverpool a ,deserved, leveller at Villa Park, only to be denied by VAR. Once again, the armpit was judged to be offside. The decision ,although purely academic end in the end, on another day could have had a bearing on the outcome of the match. Liverpool, nevertheless, showed their metal and walked away with all three points much to the annoyance of Villa fans.

Mane v Manchester United (20/10/19)

Once again, Sadio Mane was at centre stage. His strike to level at Old Trafford was correctly ruled out for handball in the build up. However, inconsistencies plagued the outcome of the match. Just earlier, Marcus Rashford’s goal had been allowed to stand despite an infringement on Divock Origi earlier. On another day, Mane’s goal could have stood and potentially given Liverpool all three points.

Firmino v Manchester United (19/01/20)

A Bobby Frimino curler was ruled out after Van Dijk was adjudged to have fouled David De Gea ,for a high ball, prior to the goal. The decision was soft to say the least. With football now ,gradually, moving away from being a contact sport, fans are left wondering what is happening to the beautiful game.

Implications

The debate surrounding the validity of VAR continues to rumble on. The footballing authorities have to consider the opportunity cost being taken in getting the correct decisions. Fans will ultimately suffer with sheer jubilation turning into sheer disappointment. Time will tell whether VAR will be on the right side of history.

Written By Hasib Afzal

Writer for LfcTransferRoom

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