VAR giveth, VAR taketh away (a lot).
Liverpool were held to a draw against Brighton yesterday in a game you’ve already forgotten about entirely apart from some VAR nonsense.
The Reds had two goals ruled out for fairly tight decisions. It sucks, but it happens. Then Brighton won a late penalty on an instance no one even noticed in real time, and got themselves the draw.
Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson was understandably a little wound up by it all.
“Very frustrating, especially the way it’s happened in the last couple of minutes”, Henderson told the official Liverpool site. “Hard to take.
“It feels unfair at this moment in time and very frustrating, but you’ve got to move on and get on with it. That’s the decision that was made, even though I don’t think it was the right decision by a long way. But it is what it is. We move on and we keep going.
“I don’t think it affects us. If anything, it makes us stronger as a team. When you are going through difficult periods – whether that would be performance, results, whatever it is, and at this moment in time it’s probably injuries – it makes the group even more together and more stronger.
“We just need to adapt and give everything for the games coming up and try to recover and get players back fit as soon as possible.
“I thought the performance level was really good again and we deserved all three points. So it’s disappointing but we move on.
“We are happy with the performance and on another day that’s three points.”
Look, we could sit here all day and argue the pros and cons of VAR, but it’s not going to change things. Liverpool dropped points yesterday. It happens. Only thing to do is go and win the subsequent games.