Klopp not "Angry" with VAR officials
Liverpool Manager used pre-match press conference to talk about VAR incident during Liverpool vs Tottenham game
Jurgen Klopp spoke at length about VAR and the Luis Diaz incident, but stressed that he or his players are not angry with the Officials, just the system.
It was inevitable that Jurgen Klopp would be asked about VAR - and the Luis Diaz goal that wasn't awarded - and so it turned out, during Klopp's pre-match press conference ahead of Liverpool vs Union Saint-Gilloise.
Indeed, half the press conference seemed to be taken up talking about it.
And whilst there were the headline making comments about the game being replayed, the main take-away for me, was Klopp's empathy towards the Officials. When asked the question, it would have been very easy for Klopp to blame the Officials and demand further punishments, but instead, he replied with a calm, thoughtful response that shows (in public atleast) that the Liverpool Manager has moved on from last Saturday and is focused on the games ahead - starting tonight in the Europa League.
Klopp said :
"I’m not angry with anybody, not at all. We should not go for them. They made a mistake and they felt horrible that night, I’m 100 percent sure. That’s enough for me, nobody needs further punishment.”
Nobody needs further punishment - that is true, and no further punishment will be issued, as the PGMOL has confirmed that Darren England has kept his job as a Premier League referee. Despite what we might feel in the heat of the moment, referee's are human beings, with all the failings and falabilities that brings. Of course they bear the brunt of the criticism because they caused/created the error, but Liverpool fans will do well to remember that it is the system that is broken, not the referee, when our paths cross next time.
Klopp is unlikely to get his request for the Tottenham game to be replayed, but the club - and all clubs for that matter - should not let this matter drop. The Luis Diaz incident has to be the watershed moment that forces the FA and Premier League to 'fix' VAR, from top to bottom, otherwise more controversies are bound to happen.
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