Everton denied an early penalty by VAR against Liverpool

Everton denied an early penalty by VAR against Liverpool

Liverpool‘s title hopes have been dealt with a huge blow after they succumbed to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of fierce rivals Everton last night. Everton recorded their first win in a Merseyside derby at Goodison Park since 2010.

The defeat leaves Jurgen Klopp’s men three points behind league-leaders Arsenal and one point above Manchester City who have two games in hand.

Why was Everton denied an early penalty against their Merseyside rivals Liverpool?

The Toffees thought they managed a dream start at Goodison Park and earned a crucial penalty in the sixth minute of the game when Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker made a foul on Dominic Calvert-Lewin inside the box. The English forward was brought down as he skipped around the Brazilian inside the first 10 minutes of the game.

Alisson received a yellow card for his actions but VAR showed that Calvert-Lewin was offside from the long by Jack Harrison in the build-up to the foul. The subsequent review took more than 60 seconds, with VAR requiring the help of multiple camera angles, and Alisson’s yellow card was instantly revoked.

The footage showed that the forward went down too early when was he caught by Liverpool’s backline.

Gary Neville pinpoints a crucial VAR problem after Everton was denied a penalty against Liverpool

The Reds were let off early in the first half when VAR ruled out an early Everton penalty in the Merseyside derby which resulted in Everton fans booing the officials following the decision. Gary Neville who was on co-commentary duty with Sky Sports highlighted one of the major problems with VAR.

Neville declared: “I think that’s one problem with VAR. Well, there’s more than one problem with VAR, but the biggest problem is the lack of communication to the fans in the stadium.

“They can’t see that’s just a clear offside. They wouldn’t be booing, the Everton fans if they were able to see that shot that we’ve obviously seen here.”

He then added: “The problem is that VAR they’re scared to death to make a wrong decision, so they’re taking so much time over things.”

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