Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher both agreed on Sky Sports that the overturn of Liverpool’s penalty against Manchester United was not good for the game.
Liverpool were awarded a spot kick in the first half when Eric Bailly slide into a challenge with Liverpool’s Nathaniel Phillips.
Bailly got the ball before making contact with the Reds central defender, but initially it was deemed to be a foul due to the aggression in the challenge.
However, after watching replays, Paul Tierney, who was on VAR duty, deemed the United player’s tackle to be a fair one.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was up in the air after the decision.
And Neville and Carragher were both in agreement that the penalty call should never have been overturned.
Neville began: “Just touching on VAR. I think it’s consistent on offside I know it frustrates people. But on these subjective decisions it’s got to be the point where we’re commentating and co commentating on games and we’re not quite sure what’s a foul and what’s not a foul any more. That can’t be a good thing, the confusion it’s created.
“Decisions like that penalty, you have probably got 50 percent of the population think it’s a penalty and 50% who don’t.”
Carragher then cut in, saying: “We both made tackles like that when we were players and you’d never think it’s a foul against you, but we have that thing now where you can follow through in slow motion and when you see it in slow motion like that it doesn’t look a penalty but when you see it in real time and the force maybe it did. That’s why it’s a difficult one for the referee.”
Tierney and Anthony Taylor, who were on officiating duty, are likely to be relieved that their call didn’t change the outcome off the match too heavily.
Liverpool still ran out 4-2 winners over United, but the VAR call just adds to the frustration around the way that technology is being used.
Liverpool’s win means that they have kept their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League alive, while United have now been beaten twice in just four days.