Liverpool request Var audio as it emerges referee was not told of blunder until half time

Jürgen Klopp - Liverpool request Var audio as it emerges referee was not told of blunder until half time
Jürgen Klopp and his Liverpool side were on the wrong end of some poor decision-making on Saturday - Action Images /Peter Cziborra

Liverpool have made a formal request to the Professional Game Match Officials Limited for the Var audio before and after the failure to award Luis Diaz’s goal in the contentious defeat to Tottenham Hotspur.

The Merseyside club’s statement on Sunday referenced the need for ‘full transparency’ regarding how and why Diaz’s goal was not given, despite the Var deeming it onside.

Now they have followed this up by seeking the evidence from PGMOL chief Howard Webb.

Liverpool believe this will clear up many unanswered questions surrounding the incident.

The PGMOL have already acknowledged ‘significant human error’ and indicated that the Var, Darren England, had mistakenly assumed the original on-field decision was onside, thus he informed referee Simon Hooper it was a case of ‘check over’.

Luis Diaz in red is onside
Luis Diaz in red is onside, behind the line of the last Spurs defender, however the goal was given as offside

Speaking on Sky Sports News this morning, former referee Dermot Gallagher suggested Hooper was not informed a serious error had occurred until half-time.

If that is the case, it raises questions about why England and his assistant, Dan Cook, did not intervene or advise Hooper so he could discuss how to correct the mistake.

Liverpool believe the audio will clear up any ambiguity, as well as inform if they have cause to pursue their grievance further.

The club says it is exploring ‘a range of options’ but has offered no indication what they might be. They have not suggested at this stage that they will make a request to the Premier League to replay the game.

Liverpool lost the game 2-1 having been reduced to nine men as Curtis Jones was controversially sent off following a Var review, and Diogo Jota also saw red for two bookable offences.

The Merseyside club have formally appealed to the Football Association for Curtis Jones’ red card against Tottenham Hotspur to be overturned.

Liverpool demanded ‘full transparency’ from PGMOL on Sunday after its chief, Howard Webb, called senior Anfield executives to apologise for the serious errors. The club issued a strongly-worded statement branding the officiating ‘unacceptable’ and suggesting the integrity of the result has been undermined.

Club sources say it is not the decision itself that has prompted their reaction, but the worrying malfunction in applying the laws of the game, especially given the technology available.

Club executives are also understood to have serious concerns regarding appointments of Saturday’s match officials, with the two Var officials employed – Darren England and assistant Dan Cook – having worked in the UAE two days before such a high-profile fixture.

Liverpool said: “Liverpool Football Club acknowledges PGMOL’s admission of their failures last night. It is clear that the correct application of the laws of the game did not occur, resulting in sporting integrity being undermined.

“We fully accept the pressures that match officials work under but these pressures are supposed to be alleviated, not exacerbated, by the existence and implementation of VAR.

“It is therefore unsatisfactory that sufficient time was not afforded to allow the correct decision to be made and that there was no subsequent intervention.

“That such failings have already been categorised as “significant human error” is also unacceptable. Any and all outcomes should be established only by the review and with full transparency.

“This is vital for the reliability of future decision making as it applies to all clubs with learnings being used to make improvements to processes in order to ensure this kind of situation cannot occur again.

“In the meantime, we will explore the range of options available, given the clear need for escalation and resolution.”

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