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Klopp on VAR controversy: I am over it

Jurgen Klopp opted not to criticize VAR despite the fact that it did not suggest a red card for Brighton’s Pascal Gross.

Pascal Gross conceded a penalty in the 2-2 draw against Liverpool for bringing down Dominik Szoboszlai. However, surprisingly, he escaped receiving a yellow card.

There were calls for Gross to be shown a red card for denying a clear goal-scoring opportunity. But VAR did not intervene to recommend his dismissal.

This contentious decision comes just a week after Liverpool experienced a remarkable VAR mix-up. That mistake resulted in a Luis Diaz goal being incorrectly disallowed for offside. In response to that incident, the refereeing body PGMOL released the audio recordings of the conversations related to the decision, leading to a change in protocol for such determinations.

However, despite the incident against Brighton, Jurgen Klopp chose not to criticize the VAR system for the second consecutive week.

“I saw it was a penalty and didn’t think about red. I heard now it is about goalscoring opportunity.” Klopp said at a press conference. “If it is a goalscoring opportunity, we can ask the question here: what do you think, was it a goalscoring opportunity? Hands up. I didn’t see it back… we have a few hands up, by the way! But what can I say about that? I am over it, I am too old for these kind of things. We will not change it anymore.”

Liverpool will resume Premier League action on October 21 with a home fixture against Everton.

Alex Lundy
Alex Lundy
A lifelong football fan, Alex loves to dabble in its history, especially FIFA World Cup. But his love for sports doesn't end at football since he loves watching NBA and Formula1 too. Reading novels and watching classic films takes the rest of his time.
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