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Controversial penalty sees Liverpool draw 1-1

Controversial penalty leaves Klopp fuming as Liverpool draw 1-1 at Brighton

November 28, 2020 By Ali M.
The German boss and many fans were left upset as the match official awarded a

Another day, another VAR controversy. Saturday's early Premier League kick-off between Brighton and Liverpool, a game which saw the under-fire video assistant referee steal the show but for all the wrong reasons.

Despite their injury crisis, many favored the Reds to win. The Merseyside giants welcomed back Mohamed Salah to the lineup and had the in-form Diogo Jota in attack alongside Firmino and the Egyptian ace – Sadio Mane began the game on the bench.

Klopp's men struggled to create many goalscoring chances but took the lead nonetheless, with Jota continuing his fine form by breaking the deadlock in the 60th minute to hand the visitors a 1-0 lead. Things remained like this until stoppage and just as the defending champions appeared destined for all three points, VAR made a cameo than changed the result of the game.

The technology was called into play after the officials behind the monitors deemed Andy Robertson had committed a foul worthy of a penalty. After reviewing the incident, the referee decided to award the Seagulls an extra-time spot kick despite replays showing minimal contact by the fullback on Danny Welbeck as he attempted to clear the ball.

Gross stepped up for the home side and calmly converted the penalty – Maupay missed a first-half spot kick – making it 1-1 and earning Graham Potter's side a point. Klopp was left seething by the decision and even went as far as sarcastically applauding the officials – whether he will face repercussion for this will soon emerge. Many felt Liverpool were robbed by poor officiating, taking to social media to slam the referee for awarding a soft penalty. However, some argued against this notion, stating that it was a stonewall spot kick. Check out the best tweets below.


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