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Liverpool ask PL to look into derby-day VAR decisions

Liverpool are understood to have asked the Premier League to investigate the application of VAR in two controversial decisions during their 2-2 draw at Everton on Saturday.

The Premier League champions were denied a derby-day win when Jordan Henderson’s stoppage-time strike was ruled out for a borderline offside against Sadio Mane.

Liverpool were also unhappy that no action was taken against Jordan Pickford after the Everton goalkeeper’s knee-high challenge on Virgil van Dijk in the opening minutes. Van Dijk had to be replaced and was sent to hospital for a scan after the game.

Liverpool are understood to have asked the Premier League to investigate why Pickford’s tackle was not looked at by the VAR official, David Coote, as well as to explain how Mane was adjudged to have been offside for the disallowed Henderson goal.

Liverpool have also queried at which point Coote decided to freeze the frame to assess the Mane offside.

Jurgen Klopp was furious with the officials’ decisions after the game, saying: “I came into the dressing room and there were people standing there saying they’d watched the [VAR disallowed goal] situation back and they were saying they didn’t understand why they whistled offside.

“I’m really in support of VAR and especially with offside you expect that the right decision would be made. We scored a goal one time at Aston Villa and they said the armpit was offside! It sounds funny, but we got it.

“This time, the picture I saw once was that there wasn’t an armpit call, it was just offside. Since then, I’ve had about 10 interviews and everybody tells me that it was not offside and this doesn’t lift my mood, obviously.

“It’s tricky, but we’ve lost one player in a situation where VAR was not involved [Pickford on Van Dijk] and maybe another one in the red card situation [Richarlison on Thiago Alcantara], and we’ve scored a legitimate goal which didn’t count. It was obviously not our day but it was the performance I wanted to see.”

Liverpool captain Henderson suggested VAR officials “bend the lines” to disallow goals.

“It must be offside with VAR, it’s what everyone wants,” Henderson said after his injury-time effort was ruled out.

“I think they bend the lines sometimes to make it offside. I’m not sure how they do it, I’ve seen it before.

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