Liverpool’s defence of the Champions League started with a 2-0 defeat away at Napoli.
The game had looked destined to be a goalless draw until Andy Robertson appeared to bring down Jose Callejon in the Liverpool box. Referee Felix Brych pointed to the spot without hesitation.
On the replay it was clear Callejon had took a dive. The Napoli player was already on his way to the floor before Liverpool’s Scottish full-back got anywhere near him.
The award of a penalty was a clear and obvious error which the video assistant referee should have overturned, but didn’t. Dries Mertens made no mistake from the spot to give Napoli the lead.
It was a situation where Liverpool should have been awarded a free-kick and the Napoli player a yellow card. The Reds instead found themselves a goal down from the penalty spot. If that’s not a clear and obvious error, I really don’t know what is.
Liverpool’s misery was compounded when Virgil van Dijk made a rare defensive mistake to allow former Tottenham striker Fernando Llorente to tap home for 2-0.
The scoreline was harsh on the visitors who had looked most likely to win the game before a horrible decision from the officials.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was unhappy with the call and voiced his displeasure after the game.
Liverpool have suffered from a first VAR blunder of the season. Last night it costs us some points. Come the end of the season it could well be costing us titles.