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    Saturday, 13 February 2021

    Jurgen Klopp faults VAR decision on James Maddison equaliser

    The Liverpool manager believes the VAR check on Maddison's goal was compromised and insisted his side dominated the encounter


    It emerged another disappointing weekend for Reds faithfuls on Saturday afternoon as Leicester came from a goal down to spark Liverpool's third defeat in a row in a 3-1 scoreline.

    A Mohamed Salah strike had put Jurgen Klopp's champions ahead but three quick-fire goals saw Leicester turn the game on its head.

    James Maddison pulled one back from a powerful free kick which hung low, before Jamie Vardy capitalised on a coming together between Alisson and Ozan Kabak to give the Foxes the lead.

    Harvey Barnes punished Liverpool's lacklustre defending to add a third in the closing stages, but it was Maddison's goal which irked Klopp.

    VAR drew lines to determine no Foxes player was in an offside position and obstructing Alisson's vision as Maddison's free kick fizzed in from a tight angle.


    But Klopp claimed the VAR check was examining a moment before Maddison had struck the set piece, telling BT Sport : "We conceded a goal, which is a really tough one to take.

    "I know we discuss a lot about VAR but I think we all agree it was a turning point in the game.

    "I saw it now a couple of times, the goal and the moment when they stop the situation where you look who is offside, who is not offside, he didn’t even touch the ball yet.

    "So it means it’s still an individual decision of someone who makes it in the end, who is offside and who is not offside.

    "That's really hard because, for me, it looks like a clear offside in that moment because he has to touch the ball, that’s the moment when the offside is yes or no.

    "When I saw it now, Bobby's foot should be a little bit closer than whatever they throw in there. That was it, it was a turning point.

    "The second goal is a misunderstanding which we spoke about before, we said we need to get used to each other.

    "We were used to each other until I don’t know when the goal happened, 75 minutes or so.

    "It was a really, really good football game. They were one position ahead of us, maybe now more, I don’t know, but on the pitch that was not obvious.

    "We scored a really nice goal, had more chances but that’s normal. We have to work harder in our situation to create more chances to get more goals.

    "But the game was really good then you concede these two goals, and the third one obviously lose the ball too easy and one pass, they are done.

    "That’s something I don’t like because we were obviously much too open in that moment. I told the boys already that’s not OK.

    "But that's the situation we are in."

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