Paul Tierney was shocking during Spurs versus Liverpool but the VAR, Chris Kavanagh, seemingly failed to instruct the referee to go to the monitor to review Harry Kane’s tackle and the Diogo Jota penalty.
The game was high paced and entertaining. That cannot be denied. It’s just a pity that another Premier League match will be remembered for a referee’s mistakes and not the incredible football on show.
Spurs might have had more energy as a result of the 10-day gap between their UECL fixture with Rennes and their PL fixture with Liverpool but they were fantastic.
Jurgen Klopp complained they only counter-attacked but that is their prerogative.
My issue was and is with the referee. How Harry Kane was not sent off still baffles me. What infuriates me even more was that the VAR didn’t even consider to send the referee Paul Tierney to the monitor to review the incident.
It is no secret that Kane is England’s Golden Boy and, as the national team’s captain, he gets preferential treatment. If it was Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, that would have been the quickest red card imaginable.
Jamie Carragher thinks VAR is in a decent place but wants more change to see the technology improve even more.
The Portuguese forward was blatantly barged off the ball without any intention to win it and the referee apparently told Klopp after the game that Jota just stopped in front of the defender. That is why the Liverpool manager told the referee it’s obvious he has never played at the top level.
Carragher said: “I think we are in a position now with VAR where I think we all were frustrated with it a year or two ago.
“I think it’s in a decent place right now. But it has got to the stage now where we’ve gone almost completely the other way. Last season, it almost meant a little touch on the ankle, people were getting a penalty.
“We’ve come away from that, thankfully. But we’re now at the stage where you almost think, ‘What’s the point of VAR in these penalties?’
“We saw one today with Newcastle, and one today where it’s a blatant penalty. People complain about VAR, but it’s not VAR. It’s who’s controlling VAR. We look at the referee today, and we say that’s not good enough. Chris Kavanagh is on VAR today. That has to be a penalty, and Harry Kane has to be a red card.”
He later added: “The whole point of VAR is to help referees. The referee doesn’t give [the penalty]; he doesn’t see it. He’s in a great position – ok, he’s made a mistake. It happens. It’s happened in real-time.
“The whole point of VAR is to help the referee in that situation. This is the whole point of VAR, and why we brought it in.”