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Jurgen Klopp’s true motivation for bringing up the Tottenham replay as Liverpool manager mindful of derision

Klopp stated that he believes there must be a solution to correct the injustice of a team getting a goal verified as genuine by VAR but not having it awarded, like his team did at Spurs.

Even when he floated the idea of recreating Liverpool‘s contentious game last Saturday, Jurgen Klopp knew it was hopeless.

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Simon-Hooper-and-VAR-Darren-Britain_11zon

After the VAR disaster, which resulted in a perfectly decent goal verified by the officials being ruled out, the Reds manager knew he would face censure and derision for even suggesting his side confront Spurs again. Despite conceding that “people don’t want me to say it, and it probably won’t happen,” it appears like Liverpool manager believes that by bringing up the possibility of redoing the game, he can affect how referees react to such “unprecedented” errors in the future.

That is his main point. “The argument against (a replay) will probably be if you open that gate then everybody will ask for it,” he said.

Liverpool
Liverpool

“But because this is unprecedented and has never happened before, the real question is what is the possible outcome now?” I’m only concerned in how we can make things better so that this doesn’t happen again. I am certain that it will not happen next week. Everyone will double-check, they will probably call home and inquire if they were truly goals, and then we will celebrate in the stadium!

“I understand that no one wants to make this error. I don’t want anyone to be punished any longer. But, once all the emotions have subsided and the game has over, what is the true outcome?”

And Klopp stated that he believes there must be a way to correct the injustice of a team having a goal confirmed as legitimate by VAR but not having it awarded, as his team did at Spurs.

Jurgen-Klopp
Jurgen-Klopp

In the future, he believes the solution is simple: enable referees to pause the game and still award the goal when they recognise their error. That cannot happen now that Liverpool’s game is ended.

As a result, he stated, “If that happened again in the future, I would say replay, or much better than a replay – sort it in the moment (you realise a mistake has been made).” You no longer have that difficulty if you use common sense.

Ref and player
Ref and player

“When you encounter a situation for the first time, you try to understand why it occurred and work on solutions.” I know everyone is doing it, but it doesn’t fix the problem because points are at stake. So, how could we plan for the future while also dealing with current situation? You must try. Maybe in ten years it will happen again, and they will be able to say, “Yes, we had to organise a replay last time, and now we can do it differently, what a wonderful solution.”

Klopp reiterated his weekend remarks that he has pity for the bureaucrats who got it so wrong, and he insists he does not want a witch hunt.

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