Liverpool demand REVIEW into the use of VAR with club angered by decisions in Merseyside derby

Liverpool demand REVIEW into use of VAR in Merseyside derby draw with club angered Jordan Pickford escaped punishment for challenge on Virgil van Dijk and asking to know what part of Sadio Mane was deemed offside in buildup to disallowed late winner

  • More VAR chaos marred Liverpool’s thrilling Merseyside derby draw at Everton 
  • Jordan Pickford had escaped punishment despite clattering into Virgil van Dijk 
  • The champions are irked that the challenge was not further scrutinised by VAR 
  • Liverpool want light to be shed over the decisions behind their chalked off goal  

Liverpool have requested a review into the use of VAR after the technology was dragged into yet more controversy during the Merseyside derby draw.

The Premier League champions were left openly infuriated following their thriller with Everton at Goodison Park, with the pulsating clash having been marred by two glaring moments of confusion.

Jordan Pickford escaped punishment after careering into Virgil van Dijk, forcing the defender off the field, and a last-gasp Jordan Henderson strike was ruled out for the tightest of offside calls.

Liverpool requested a review into the use of VAR after controversy in the Merseyside derby

Liverpool requested a review into the use of VAR after controversy in the Merseyside derby

Jordan Pickford's reckless lunge on Virgil van Dijk after only six minutes had gone unpunished

Jordan Pickford’s reckless lunge on Virgil van Dijk after only six minutes had gone unpunished 

It is understood that Liverpool have now pointed out both incidents as moments that will need to be cleared up.

Everton appeared in real danger of being reduced to ten men just six minutes into the clash after goalkeeper Pickford, who did little to wave away uncertainty over his starting spot, launched into a challenge on Van Dijk.

The challenge was undeniably high and reckless, with the towering Dutch international caught between Pickford’s legs and soon being substituted off due to the collision.

The Everton goalkeeper raced out to Van Dijk and his challenge soon forced the defender off

The Everton goalkeeper raced out to Van Dijk and his challenge soon forced the defender off 

It soon surfaced that the VAR, David Coote, had reviewed the tackle to check for a potential penalty or offside. 

Van Dijk was discovered to have narrowly strayed beyond the last man, but there were bizarrely no further reviews to punish Pickford.

Liverpool are said to be enraged that the tackle which brought an early end to the defender’s game was not further looked at.

Jordan Henderson (L) netted a late goal from a pullback but the strike was ruled out for offside

Jordan Henderson (L) netted a late goal from a pullback but the strike was ruled out for offside 

A long VAR review chalked off the goal with Sadio Mane judged to have strayed narrowly off

A long VAR review chalked off the goal with Sadio Mane judged to have strayed narrowly off 

The Reds later wheeled away in celebration after netting a last-gasp winner through skipper Henderson following Sadio Mane’s pullback, only for the goal to dramatically be chalked off.

Replays showed it was the forward who was judged to have been offside, despite every angle and line failing to uncover a clear reason behind the call.

Liverpool will demand clarity over which part of Mane’s body was deemed to have been beyond the backline – and also want light to be shed on the choice of freeze frame VAR used to make the decision.

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