Liverpool boss Klopp gives his views on VAR after Arsenal controversy


Jurgen Klopp spoke to the media ahead of Liverpool clash with Newcastle United on New Year’s Day.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was visibly uncomfortable when asked whether VAR was fit for purpose in his pre-Newcastle United press conference.

Officiating is once again a hot topic of discussion after a controversial decision during Arsenal’s defeat to West Ham on Thursday evening.

Tomas Soucek rifled in the Hammers’ opener at the Emirates Stadium,

But questions immediately arose over whether Jarrod Bowen had successfully kept the ball in play before playing it across to his Czech team-mate.

The on-field decision was to let the goal stand, and VAR did not have access to camera angles that gave conclusive evidence to the contrary.

Konstantinos Mavropanos later put the game to bed with a powerful header,

But the effectiveness of VAR was still thrown up for debate by the earlier incident.

Liverpool not happy with VAR decision

Klopp snapped back when asked for his take ahead of Liverpool’s match with Newcastle on New Year’s Day, saying: “I really don’t think that I should answer this question.

“It’s not that you use me, [it’s that] I give you the opportunity too often to use my phrases. It’s not interesting anymore and it doesn’t help.

“What I say now is ‘Klopp says’ and the problem we all see, every day pretty much,

Whenever we watch a game we say ‘How is that possible?’. We can talk on and on but we know it already. The authorities probably know it already.”

When asked whether the Premier League should consider scrapping VAR altogether, the Reds boss continued: “Oh my god! Take VAR away? No. Use VAR better is probably the right thing. I think it could be done.”

Arsenal’s surprise defeat denied Mikel Arteta the opportunity to leapfrog Liverpool and return to the top of the Premier League. Klopp’s men therefore occupy the summit as the New Year closes in,

And the German has talked up the importance of Diogo Jota’s return from injury after his goal-scoring cameo against Burnley last time out.

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