Mikel Arteta has reason to listen to Jurgen Klopp’s desire for a Tottenham vs Liverpool replay with frustration after how quickly Arsenal’s VAR disaster against Brentford was handled.
Jurgen Klopp has called for Liverpool’s 2-1 defeat to Tottenham to be replayed after the infamous VAR error not to allow Luis Diaz’s onside goal from the clash. Audio from the incident was released by the officiating organisation yesterday which revealed the conversations between the individuals responsible for the catastrophic mistake.
Speaking ahead of Liverpool’s Europa League game with Union Saint-Gilloise, the German admitted he felt that the best resolution would be to have the game replayed. He said, “Some people probably don’t want me to say, but not as the manager of Liverpool so much, more as a football person, the only outcome should be a replay.
“That’s how it is. It probably will not happen.”
Probably? No, I would be frankly beyond shocked, perhaps more so than any incident I can remember of the officiating sort if a decision was made for the match to need to be replayed.
That said, the most shocking example prior to this would have indeed been last weekend when the mistake was made – so the impact is perhaps less than desirable from a descriptive point of view at least. The time before that, rather staggeringly, was another short period ago as I watched Ivan Toney score at the Emirates Stadium to level the match at 1-1 after Leandro Trossard thought he’d given the Gunners the perfect boost ahead of a trip to Manchester City.