Jürgen Klopp Accuses VAR Of ‘Hiding Behind Referee’ In West Ham Defeat

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After Liverpool’s 3-2 loss to West Ham on Sunday, Jürgen Klopp was furious with the referee, Craig Pawson, and his video assistant Stuart Attwell, alleging the officials had let his players down on two important decisions and accused Attwell of “hiding” behind Pawson on both calls. An Alisson own goal gave West Ham the lead after the goalkeeper failed to cope with a Pablo Fornals inswinging corner.

The visitors disputed the decision right away, telling Pawson that Alisson had been fouled by Angelo Ogbonna as the two rose to meet Fornals’ delivery. Despite footage suggesting Ogbonna clashed with Alisson as he tried and failed to knock the ball away with his left arm, which then drifted into the net via his thumb, the goal was upheld after a VAR check conducted by Attwell.

“It was a clear foul on Alisson,” Klopp said. “When you see the dynamic of the whole situation, how close they [Ogbonna and Alisson] are to each other, how can that not be a foul? The decision is really strange.”

Given the reckless nature with which West Ham’s left-back collided with Liverpool captain Henderson’s knee, VAR checked Cresswell’s challenge on Henderson, which seemed destined to result in a red card. Despite this, no foul was called.

“It’s a clear red card,” Klopp said. “Yes he [Cresswell] touched the ball but if it’s a reckless challenge it doesn’t matter if you touch the ball. You cannot got high up like that. There are too many things where it is ‘let’s see what VAR is saying’ and we have a problem with clear and obvious mistakes because whoever we have for VAR hides behind referees. This was a big problem for us today.”

source : Guardian sport

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