Premier League Champions Liverpool passed the North London challenge as Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur suffered a 3-1 loss in the home clash on Thursday. The four-goal thriller was special because of the VAR moments.
The game started with a stunning solo run by Heung-Min Son in the 2nd minute which ended up in the net of Liverpool goalkeeper Allison Becker. But the goal was not given over VAR decision by Jonathan Moss.
Match Referee Martin Atkinson acknowledged the decision of Moss and the game continued. But the controversy wasn’t over and VAR played again with spark by disallowing Mohammed Salah’s goal citing Roberto Firmino’s handball.
The incident was in the 56th minute. Both of the teams started the second half in a 1-0 scoreline after Firmino’s half time hitter. The Reds started the second half with much confidence and the front three were was aiming for a lead again.
The ball from the midfield landed in the foot of Firmino and the Brazilian was combating Eric Dier to find Mo Salah in the box. He won the ball and made the right pass to the Egyptian. Salah made no mistake as Klopp started the celebration on the sideline.
But Tottenham players argued for a handball which took it to VAR. The visual was clear for Moss and Martin Atkinson found it a deliberate one. The goal was disallowed which makes the players desperate.
The former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg commented on the incident backing the decision of Atkinson. He also mentioned the Firmino touch a deliberate one for the entire scene, (DailyMail).
Firmino was trying to get away from Eric Dier who had his hand on Firmino’s jersey, pinning him from sharp turn. VAR showed ball actually bounced off from Dier’s arm and then to Firmino’s. But VAR missed this event and got themselves a fresh patch of controversy.
Liverpool managed to get the edge:
After the disallowed goal, Liverpool were more vigilant with the ball. The goals of Trent Alexander-Arnold and Sadio Mane sealed the winner in game in a 3-1 score line for the Reds.
Liverpool lined up in the same temporary set up with captain Henderson in the center-back position along with Joel Matip. Mourinho’s attacking front were not equipped to find a gap in between the defensive line.
The Danish midfielder Pierre-Emile Højbjerg found the back of the net with a beautiful bullet shot from outside the box as a reply. That was quite unfortunate for Allison and deserved some applause in terms of precision.
Liverpool moved to the top four in the league table after the Thursday win with 37 points. The fixture was a good chance for Mourinho to overtake Klopp in the table but the Champions stuck with the form to challenge the silverware.