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Klopp: Man Utd goal shows ‘all the problems with VAR’

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 20: Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool reacts during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Liverpool FC at Old Trafford on October 20, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp didn’t hold back when it came to discussing Manchester United’s goal in a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford on Sunday.

“They scored a goal which shows all the problems with VAR,” Klopp said, via the BBC. “Mr. Atkinson let the game run I’m sure because there is VAR. For me it was a clear foul. It’s a general problem. VAR looks and says ‘you decided like this’. But it was a foul. Then we scored a goal that was disallowed. Pretty much everything went against us but we still didn’t lose so that is okay.”

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Aside from that call, however, Klopp and his players generally used their post-match comments to admit that they weren’t very good and didn’t deserve much more than the point they gained on the day.

“We weren’t fluid enough in the first half,” said captain Jordan Henderson, who struggled and was substituted in the second half. “We weren’t playing football at all. It was quite scrubby.”

That said Klopp was unhappy with Manchester United not trying to play free-flowing football. Usually this is proffered under the guise of “love for the sport” but presumably exists because it would’ve made it easier for his superior team to win. From the BBC:

“Since I’m in England, Man United always played like this. ... Everyone builds it up like a mountain but only one team has to defend and the other team has to make the game. It’s not the feeling that we won something today - it’s just a point.”

Klopp was also asked about his side’s failure to make history, as Liverpool missed an opportunity to match two Premier League records in the home of their fiercest rival.

“It was always going to happen at some point,” he said. “We never thought about this. These boys are in so many departments of Liverpool history. Now we can stop talking about that and start a new series and we have to. They are coming thick and fast.”

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