Liverpool are among the WORST affected by VAR this season

Liverpool are among the WORST affected by VAR this season with five decisions going against them in the Premier League… and that does not include Jordan Pickford’s dangerous lunge on Virgil van Dijk!

  • Liverpool have been one of the hardest hit teams from VAR decisions this term 
  • They have seen five of six VAR overturns go against them in the Premier League 
  • With minus-four in terms of net decisions, they are ranked bottom in the division
  • Controversial’ winner’ ruled out at Everton among calls to go against them
  • Jordan Pickford’s dangerous lunge on Virgil van Dijk was ignored by VAR

Liverpool fans can be forgiven for thinking fortune is against them this term given the long term injuries to centre-backs Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez.

But it appears technology is also hitting the Reds hard as they appear to be suffering the most from VAR calls after the first eight games of the campaign.

Heading into the international break, in many categories Liverpool have been the most affected by the technology and in terms of decisions are bottom of the table with minus-four going in their ‘favour’.

Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side have suffered arguably more than most at the hands of VAR

This season already they have been involved in six VAR calls being used to overturn a decision and only once has it fallen positively for Jurgen Klopp’s men.

Perhaps the most high profile of them all was the stoppage time ‘winner’ from Jordan Henderson in the 2-2 draw at Everton that was ruled out after Sadio Mane’s shirt sleeve was deemed offside in the build up at Goodison Park.

In the same game it was the lack of VAR intervention that left the Reds perplexed when Van Dijk was wiped out by a reckless lunge from Jordan Pickford which saw the Toffees stopper fortunate not be sent off for violent conduct.

VAR failed to acknowledge that Jordan Pickford should have sent off for his lunge on Virgil van Dijk in Liverpool’s 2-2 draw at Everton earlier in the season

In the same game at Goodison Park Jordan Henderson saw a late winner ruled out for offside

To rub salt into the wound, the challenge means that Van Dijk is very unlikely to play again for the rest of the season having suffered a serious knee injury. 

Henderson’s goal in the derby is one of three ruled out by VAR this term, the most of any side in the Premier League and is level with their entire tally from the 2019-20 season. Thankfully for Klopp’s side the other two were not quite as damaging.

Mohamed Salah had a goal ruled out at 1-1 for offside in their 2-1 victory over Sheffield United at Anfield – a game where the Blades were awarded a controversial penalty after Fabinho arguably won the ball in a sliding challenge on Oli McBurnie, which was also debateable whether the offence was outside of the box.

Joe Gomez was penalised for a handball during Liverpool’s last encounter at Manchester City

Referee Craig Pawson consults VAR before awarding Manchester City a penalty

Diogo Jota had a strike ruled out against West Ham following a Sadio Mane foul eight minutes from time, but was able to score the winner in a 2-1 victory a few minutes later at Anfield.

Another call to have gone against Liverpool was Joe Gomez’s handball in their most recent game at Manchester City but Kevin de Bruyne was unable to convert from the penalty spot in the 1-1 draw. 

No side have seen more VAR penalty decisions go against them than Liverpool’s two, with the Reds also joint top in this category. Their VAR fortunes are in stark contrast to last season when they were only involved in eight VAR overturns, just three going against them. Already this season they have been involved with six and only one has benefitted them.

Sadio Mane’s foul on West Ham keeper Lukasz Fabianski saw Liverpool have a goal ruled out

VAR screens at Anfield confirm Mane’s foul on Fabianski to deny Liverpool a late lead


Overturns 6 (joint 3rd in PL)

Decisions against 5 (1st)

Net decisions -4 (20th)

Penalties conceded 2 (joint 1st)

Goals disallowed 3 (1st)

Goals conceded 1 (joint 3rd) 

The only call to have gone in their favour this term was the red card handed to Andreas Christensen of Chelsea when the Reds won 2-0 at Stamford Bridge back in September.

Liverpool’s brushes with VAR have not harmed them too badly in terms of the league table, as they sit third behind leaders Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur – who among the big six are the only other side that have negatively been affected by VAR.

The most controversial decision going against Jose Mourinho’s team being the stoppage time penalty awarded to Newcastle which saw them rescue a 1-1 draw following a ludicrous handball call against Eric Dier. 

Manchester United’s seven VAR involvements came across three games, most notably in the 3-2 win over Brighton when they were awarded a match-winning penalty after the full-time whistle had blown.

Harry Maguire was fortunate not to be penalised for a blatant hold on Cesar Azpilicueta in a 0-0 draw with Chelsea, with the Blues having not been involved with VAR since Christensen’s red card.

Manchester City and Arsenal meanwhile have seen one VAR overturn which have not affected the outcome of their games. 

However, Diogo Jota later scored the winner against the Hammers in a 2-1 victory

The Reds benefitted from VAR earlier in the season when Andreas Christensen was sent off for bringing down Sadio Mane

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