Klopp questions the lack of VAR in Liverpool’s dramatic Carabao Cup loss to Man City

  • Klopp questions the absence of VAR in Liverpool’s dramatic Carabao Cup defeat to Man City.

Klopp questions the lack of VAR in Liverpool's dramatic Carabao Cup loss to Man City
Klopp questions the lack of VAR in Liverpool’s dramatic Carabao Cup loss to Man City

In the fourth round of the Carabao Cup, Liverpool lost to 3-2, and Jurgen Klopp has questioned why VAR was not used.

The Reds saw their defence of one domestic crown end in the 3-2 defeat at the Etihad Stadium on Thursday, making thrilling return to competitive action off the back of the World Cup break.

Klopp’s players held their own against City for lengthy stretches despite number of forced absences but felt they were treated unfairly by an officiating team that is used to having technical aid to help them make crucial judgments.

After seeing few offside calls in City’s favour, while Liverpool had late penalty appeal waved away, Klopp said: “The first chance of [Erling] Haaland, at the start of the game, was offside. You don’t know? it was. I tell you. That gives the game direction. It was like, bump, ‘oh my god, they are through’, it was offside, but no flag up, and it gives you bad feeling.


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“I would say we had VAR, the referees are used to VAR, and all of sudden you tell them not today. It looked like in couple of situations they were waiting for it, or thinking there was still VAR. But there were a couple of offside decisions, where everyone in the stadium was convinced they were offside. We’ll never know probably because we can’t play them back. But it makes sense you play competition and everywhere is VAR [Premier League], why not, especially in game like this. I understand in earlier rounds it’s not possible on all levels, but this, City-Liverpool, all the technical things are here, so why shouldn’t we use it?”

VAR is not utilized in Carabao Cup competition until the semi-final level, with number of lower league locations hosting matchups in the early rounds, with League One team Charlton Athletic progressing to the quarter-finals this season.

With one road to significant silverware closed in 2022-23, Klopp’s team are preparing for a return to Premier League action on Boxing Day, when they visit Aston Villa.

 

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