EPL: Klopp wants Spurs, Liverpool replay after VAR error

Jurgen Klopp is calling for a replay of Liverpool’s match against Tottenham due to the VAR error that resulted in them being denied an opening goal.

Despite the controversy, Tottenham went on to win the game 2-1, ending Liverpool’s unbeaten start to the season with a 96th-minute own goal.

The fallout from the VAR failure continues, with referees admitting a “significant human error.”

While Liverpool requested and received the audio conversation between the match officials, Klopp believes that immediate correction of the mistake would have been preferable and hopes for a protocol to prevent similar issues in the future.

“The audio didn’t change it at all,” he told a press conference on Wednesday. “It is an obvious mistake. I think there should be solutions for that. I think the outcome should be a replay.

“The argument against that would be it opens the gates. It is unprecedented. It has not happened before.

“I’m used to wrong and difficult decisions, but something like this never happened and so that is why I think a replay is the right thing to do.”

Questioned over whether the club had asked or would formally ask the Premier League for a replay, Klopp added: “At this stage we are still going through the information we have.”

“If you have this situation first time, you try to understand, and try to find a solution, but that doesn’t solve the problem. How can we sort not just for the future, but this situation?” he added.

“If that would happen again, I would say replay. Or much, much better than a replay — sort it in that moment. Common sense.

“If a replay happens or not, it’s just my opinion.”


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