Jurgen Klopp insists Leicester equaliser was OFFSIDE and accuses VAR of pausing replay at wrong moment in Liverpool defeat as he rules Reds out of Premier League title race February 14, 2021 – Posted in: Soccer

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp laid the blame at video assistant referee (VAR) Stuart Attwell’s door for James Maddison’s equaliser for Leicester on Saturday as the champions suffered another crushing defeat.

Klopp conceded the title afyer Brendan Rodgers came back to haunt his former side with the Foxes scoring three goals in seven breathtaking minutes to secure a 3-1 win at the King Power.


Jurgen Klopp was not a happy man after the call made by VAR referee Stuart Attwell

Mohamed Salah gave Liverpool the lead but it didn’t last long


Mohamed Salah gave Liverpool the lead but it didn’t last long

Yet again VAR was a major talking point from the game first correctly ruling a free-kick instead of a penalty for a foul by Thiago Alcantara on Harvey Barnes – with the offence taking place outside the box.

James Maddison stepped up to strike a fine free-kick which squeezed through a mountain of bodies and into the net, but the goal was ruled out for offside against Daniel Amartey.

However, following further review that decision was overturned with Amartey deemed to have been onside and the goal stood.

Klopp made his feelings clear on the touchline following that incident and speaking to Sam Matterface after the match directed his frustrations towards VAR Attwell.

“We conceded a really strange goal – I’ve said this plenty of times but it’s VAR. VAR should be completely objective, but it’s not,” he told talkSPORT.

“Because somebody has to make a decision whether it’s offside or not and which moment is the moment when we judge the offside.

“I’ve seen [the replay] back plenty of time now and how I saw it is that Maddison didn’t even touch the ball when he judged the situation.

“That’s obviously a situation where Stuart Attwell has to show responsibility for why he chose that situation.”

Pressed on whether he thinks Attwell paused the image at the wrong moment: “Yes, of course. His foot [Maddison] is behind the ball, so how can somebody know he already touched ball?

“A millisecond later and three Leicester players are closer to the goal. That’s it.”

James Maddison’s free-kick stood after following a VAR review

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James Maddison’s free-kick stood after following a VAR review

The Foxes went on to win the contest 3-1

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The Foxes went on to win the contest 3-1

Klopp went on to rule Liverpool out of the title race.

The champions have now lost six times in the Premier League this season and are 13 points behind leaders Manchester City, who also have a game in hand.

“Yes. I don’t think we can close the gap,” Klopp said.

“We have to win football games and big parts of the football were really good. We have to avoid mistakes and misunderstandings.

“Today we didn’t do that. The rest of the game was really good. First we have to perform again, results are massively related to the performance.

“We are not worrying about the title, we are not silly.

“With the majority of the game I agree it was a really good game. It’s not easy to dominate Leicester in the way we dominated.

“We scored a great goal but conceded a strange one and I think it’s offside and the 2-1 is a misunderstanding.

“That had too big an impact on the game. We had to show a different reaction and the third we gave away too easily.”

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