Saturday saw Liverpool maintain their eight point lead at the top of the table. The Reds beat Crystal Palace 2-1 at Selhurst Park whilst Leicester kept pace with a win at Brighton. Manchester City leapfrogged Chelsea with a win at the Etihad. With Liverpool winning late and VAR playing its part in the first half, there has been significant, delectable fume on Twitter.
Crystal Palace opened the scoring as James Tomkins nodded in a free kick awarded for a push on Wilfried Zaha by Trent Alexander-Arnold. After some deliberation Liverpool were off the hook as VAR ruled the goal out for a push on Dejan Lovren by Jordan Ayew.
The free kick was given for a push, the goal was ruled out for a push. There is no problem there, just consistency.
Despite this being a clear cut decision – even Roy Hodgson agreed it was the correct call – there was inevitable outrage on Twitter. Conspiracy theories were stoked as opposition fans couldn’t come to terms with Liverpool not falling victim to a bad decision. It is safe to say that Kopites have enjoyed the fume.
Roy Hodgson was quoted as gracious in his analysis which is in stark contrast to the bitter rivals on Twitter.
Crystal Palace Manager, Roy Hodgson: “It was a foul on Lovren, it was the right call”
Everyone on Twitter who don’t support Liverpool: “The FA wants Liverpool to win the league, VAR is in their favour.”
— The Footy Realm (@Thefootyrealm_) November 24, 2019
A love letter to VAR was included in this Kopite’s post match round up.
• STILL unbeaten in the league.
• 3 MASSIVE points away from home.
• MENTALITY MONSTERS.
• Sadio Mané is the best in the league.
• Firmino = Greatest Brazilian, ever.
• Clean sheets are overrated.
• Love you @VAR
• Inject the fume into my veins.
Napoli at Anfield, next.
— – (@AnfieldRd96) November 23, 2019
One Red was quick to point out that we don’t control the technology and it hasn’t always worked for us.
The idea that VAR is somehow corruptly benefiting Liverpool is absolutely ludicrous. People are quick to forget the foul on Origi against United, Firmino’s wrongly disallowed goal & the countless stonewall penalties that weren’t given against Villa.
We don’t make the decisions.
— Matt (@FalseFMatt) November 23, 2019
Whilst this supporter was taking the fume in his stride.
Rival fans: VAR was made with the purpose to win Liverpool the league!!
Me: LiVARpool? I’ll take it. The rest of you salty cry babies can keep on whining while we keep on winning. #YNWA 🔴🔴🔴
— Faizal Tahir (@faizal_tahir) November 24, 2019
This Kopite managed to put it as succinctly as possible.
Things I’ve leaned this season: only Liverpool can be deemed lucky for getting correct decisions.
— John O’Sullivan (@NotoriousJOS) November 23, 2019
And this Liverpool supporter felt that VAR is a just reward for all the suffering we have been through.
The fume from opposition fans is making me drunk… keep it going, lads! That was me for 30+ years getting angry at other teams seemingly bullshitting their way to a title.
— Couch Nish (@CouchNish) November 24, 2019