Jurgen Klopp has called for a replay of Liverpool’s clash with Spurs following the controversy surrounding VAR.
Liverpool were denied a legitimate goal after a mistake from VAR, with the Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) releasing an apology statement after ‘significant human error’ led to Luis Diaz’s disallowed goal during Liverpool’s 2-1 defeat in north London.
The mistake – and subsequent release of the audio from the VAR officials – has led to calls for the game to be replayed with Liverpool releasing a statement in which the Reds said ‘sporting integrity has been undermined’.
Speaking ahead of the club’s Europa League clash with Union Saint-Gilloise, Klopp believes a replay should be ordered.
“The audio didn’t change it at all because I was not really interested in why things happened because I knew – I saw the outcome, I saw the goal and we scored,” Klopp said at his pre-match press conference.
“It didn’t count so I was not waiting for the audio and a statement and hoping to find out how it could happen.
“I think the only outcome should be a replay. That’s how it is, [although that] probably will not happen.
“The argument against that probably will be that if you open that gate then everybody will ask for it. I think the situation is that unprecedented that it didn’t happen before. Something like that, as far as I can remember, never happened that’s why I think a replay would be the right thing.
“If it would happen again then I think the replay would be the right thing to do, or the ref has the opportunity to bring both coaches together and say ‘sorry we made a mistake but we can sort it, let Liverpool score a goal and we start from there’.”
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