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    Sunday, 8 January 2023

    Wolves boss feels robbed after Salah's goal allowed but Toti's ruled out

    Wolves boss is said to have been angered by officials' decision during the FA Cup clash with Liverpool

    Julen Lopetegui

    Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Julen Lopetegui stated that it was "impossible" that his team's goal was disallowed in their FA Cup third-round match against Liverpool at Anfield.

    Centre-back Toti flicked the ball home, but the assistant referee's flag was up for offside against Matheus Nunes, who had taken the original corner and picked up the ball on the left after Hwang Hee-chan nudged it back to the wing.

    The VAR had no camera angle that could be used to provide evidence to overturn the decision, as a result, Wolves were forced to settle for a 2-2 draw.

    Lopetegui, who went into the referee's room with Neves after the match, said the offside "doesn't exist" and that it was a "pity" because his players "deserved to advance".

    He was also upset that Mohamed Salah's goal, which gave Liverpool a 2-1 lead, was allowed to stand, despite the Egypt forward appearing to be in an offside position when the ball was passed to him during the buildup.

    Speaking to ITV after the game, Lopetegui said: "We have seen it, the offside doesn't exist, I'm sorry. It's impossible.

    "Someone has told him it's offside, but we've seen the images, it doesn't exist.

    "The decision is wrong. I make mistakes every day, and sometimes they do too. Today we have the help of VAR, and it is a pity, because I'm sorry, it's not offside."

    Klopp also expressed uncertainty over the VAR decision, the Liverpool manager said: "I'm not sure about their third goal. We have one picture where it may look offside, but I can understand why they are angry about it. We don't want the VAR to just have one angle."

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