Liverpool have reacted to the referee and VAR errors which was a fly in the ointment during their match against Tottenham on Saturday.
The Reds are exploring the “range of options available”.
In a statement, Anfield acknowledged the Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL)’s admission of their failures resulting in their 2-1 defeat but held that it is unacceptable since it “undermined” the rules of the game.
“We fully accept the pressures that match officials work under but these pressures are supposed to be alleviated, not exacerbated, by the existence and implementation of VAR. It is therefore unsatisfactory that sufficient time was not afforded to allow the correct decision to be made and that there was no subsequent intervention. That such failings have already been categorised as “significant human error” is also unacceptable. Any and all outcomes should be established only by the review and with full transparency.”
The Reds were severed to nine men after Curtis Jones was slapped with a red card followed by Diogo Jota who received two yellow cards subsequently.
Another iconic incident in North London on Saturday came when Luiz Diaz had a first-half goal ruled out for offside, with the PGMOL later apologising and calling it a clear “human error”.
“We scored an own goal, that is really tough to take but I am really proud. The first red card, Curtis steps on the ball and goes over. Not a bad tackle. It looks different in slow motion. He steps full throttle on the ball and goes over the ball. That is unlucky. [For Diogo Jota] first yellow was not a yellow. Then he gets a second and to defend with nine players is tricky,” Head Coach Jurgeon klopp told the press after the game.
“The offside goal. That is not offside when you see it, they drew their lines wrong. The ball is between Mo’s legs, they drew the line wrong and didn’t judge the moment when Mo passed the ball right. It is so tough to deal with it,” he added.