Saturday it was back to the heartstopping usual for the Reds. Liverpool beat Watford 2-0 at Anfield but it was far from the comfortable, routine victory that we’ve been treated to in the last fortnight. A brace from Mo Salah secured the win but the game could have been over early in the second half had Sadio Mane not seen the VAR rule out his goal for offside.
The Egyptian King opened the scoring after 38 minutes when Mane found him breaking up the field. Mo cut inside onto his right foot and curled the ball into the far corner. It was a sublime finish, Ben Foster was helpless in the Watford net.
After 53 minutes Sadio Mane headed a goal in at the Kop end only for the VAR to make a hair splitting decision to rule it out. The Senegalese forward was adjudged to be offside by a millimetre – it was a frankly ridiculous decision given the fine margins involved. Fans have taken to Twitter to vent.
This journalist believes that the new technology has changed the game.
This is not football pic.twitter.com/4HPvrwk3Hg
— Rob Harris (@RobHarris) December 14, 2019
One Kopite was questioning how the lines are drawn by the VAR. He has a point when you consider how thick the lines are.
Bit of a dodgy trick they use here – they don’t measure from the tip of the defender’s foot but put the line for mane to the right side of his hip —— moving Mane’s line closer to the goal and the defender’s further away
Pure corruption. Hate VAR pic.twitter.com/sNA0E4cAe8
— . (@AoDTGNB) December 14, 2019
Even Manchester United fan was leaping to the Reds’ defence, adamant that the offside law as we know it is not being implemented in the right spirit.
Offside was made a rule so attackers don’t goal hang/goal poach and gain a clear advantage over the defenders. A toe hair wouldn’t have stopped Mane in this situation. VAR is ruining football for the fans with marginal decisions. Celebrations are being took from fans every week.
— ⚽ (@RashfordI10I) December 14, 2019
A supporter bemoaned the lifesucking nature of VAR.
Just seen Mane’s goal chalked off for offside. Just another example of VAR sucking the enjoyment out of the game!
— michael (@michael14416406) December 15, 2019
Of some Liverpool fans pointed out how other supporters can’t have their cake and eat it when it comes to the Reds and technology.
But, but… I thought that the Premier League were conspiring to help Liverpool win the league! pic.twitter.com/zyvyeYWPT0
— Damon Spencer (@damonspencer) December 14, 2019
Livarpool at it again it’s just helping them all the time. Oh my bad
— gazz (@gazz2423) December 14, 2019