Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp conceded that he felt sympathy for Wolves after a broken VAR camera potentially denied them a legal winner at Anfield. The Reds endured yet another sloppy evening and they were punished by the spirited visitors, who continued their fine revival under newly-appointed head coach Julen Lopetegui.
In truth, Wolves will be returning south from Merseyside frustrated that they didn’t leave with the victory following a controversial VAR call.
The visitors were denied a second-half winner when defender Toti Gomes turned home – only to be denied by the linesman’s flag.
Yet following a lengthy review, VAR chalked off the goal despite a lack of clear evidence that any of the Wolves players were offside.
It’s thought the substitute Matheus Nunes was the player in an offside position after he received the ball shortly after swinging in the corner.
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“I see one picture where it could be offside but I understand. I think it’s because VAR has one camera angle and obviously we don’t want to have that in this game.
“But if that’s the case, if it was not offside it was unlucky for them, if it was offside then it’s the right decision.”
Wolves boss Lopetegui went to see the officials after the match to get an explanation of why Wolves’ winner was disallowed.
He also raised frustrations with Liverpool’s second goal after Mohamed Salah was played onside by defender Gomes’ header.
Lopetegui argued that had Gomes known Salah was in an offside position, he wouldn’t have attempted to head the ball.
Salah was standing way offside but the attempt to play the ball from Gomes meant the goal was able to stand.
“Only to talk about the two goals, one where they missed the offside, we’ve seen it doesn’t exist. It’s impossible,” the Spaniard said post-match.
There was also a debut for Liverpool’s new signing Cody Gakpo at Anfield as he looks to settle into his new surroundings quickly.
Klopp said of the Dutchman: “He fitted into the game. It was not easy for a first step. We cannot expect it to be perfect, but he showed good signs. We have to get him in better positions but that will come no doubt.”