Jose Mourinho was up to his old tricks following his return to Stamford Bridge with the three-time Premier League-winning manager still winless at the stadium he used to call home.
Tottenham midfielder Giovani Lo Celso was fortunate to avoid a red card after a horror tackle on Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta during the Lilywhites’ 2-1 defeat to the Blues. VAR originally deemed there was no serious foul play but Stockley Park have since released a statement admitting their wrongdoing.
Following the match, rather than focus on his own team’s shortcomings which resulted in Chelsea increasing their top-four advantage over their London rivals to four points the former Real Madrid manager opted to fixate on external factors.
And after the match when Jose Mourinho was asked about the incident that ultimately dominated the narrative of the match the Portuguese simply wished there were more admissions from officials when they were wrong.
He said: “I hope the noise is the same [from Stockley Park] as when the VAR kills us.
“The same as when Liverpool and Robertson should have got a red card. The same as Capoue at Watford which should have been.”
What RTK has to say
It is becoming an increasingly frustrating narrative that VAR has benefited Jurgen Klopp’s team this season,
Liverpool are 22 points clear at the top for a reason. The players have harnessed a mentality that refuses to be beaten and every member of Klopp’s world-conquering squad has built into the German manager’s mentality.
BBC pundit Jermaine Jenas recently claimed that Liverpool have been “having some huge slices of luck with VAR decisions going their way and last-minute winners” before adding, “Yes, it takes that to win a league, but can it continue?”
Seven goals have been overturned by VAR in Liverpool’s 25 league matches. The only time a goal has gone in Liverpool’s favour this season was Sadio Mane’s winner against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Anfield in late December. Replays showed the ball clearly bounced off Adam Lallana’s shoulder in the build-up rather than his arm.
Also, the Reds have had three goals disallowed by VAR — the same number as teams playing against them this season.
It’s just becoming an easy excuse for opponents to diminish Liverpool’s achievements that the Reds have benefited from VAR’s inaugural bout in the Premier League.
Lucky Liverpool, you must be joking.