Jurgen Klopp claimed that Liverpool were once again “disadvantaged” by the VAR because he had been denied a controversial penalty and Mohamed Salah’s goal in a 2-1 win over Sheffield United at Anfield.
Premier League champions Roberto Firmino moved to the top of the table for the first goal of the season and Diego Jotta’s second-half title, but VAR official Andre Mariner had to fall behind during Chris Wilder’s award. The team was awarded a penalty against Fabinho over Oli McBurney. Mike Dean gave a free-kick outside the area before the penalty was converted into a VAR Sundar Barge converted penalty.
“There was no disturbance,” the Liverpool manager said. “It’s been six games this season and in three of them we’ve come to the wrong conclusion of this kind of decision. We don’t want any benefits – we just don’t want to be disadvantaged. And this is the situation. The fine gave Sheffield a fair promotion. By then they could not go to us.
“Then we lost some patience but from the best attack of the first half we scored one goal, scored the second goal and I don’t know if it’s offside. Then we got the second goal and Moe got an incredible chance. They also had moments but we saved with big hearts. It’s been a tough week with several minutes and tough opponents, so I’m really satisfied. “
Chris Wilder disagreed with the spot kick, saying: “I thought it was. I have been informed that there may be another couple. I thought their response to the challenge said a lot. “
Overall the Sheffield United director was happy with how his team was playing. “The performance was good, we should have had a chance to come here and get results and I thought we had a chance to get results.
“There is a lot of frustration in our dressing room. We got on the bus in the belief that we could get a result and we got back on the bus in frustration, which we didn’t get. “