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Sam Allardyce Slams ‘Outrageous’ VAR Decision For Costing West Brom Win Over Liverpool

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Sam Allardyce Slams ‘Outrageous’ VAR Decision For Costing West Brom Win Over Liverpool

Sam Allardyce was fuming with VAR and the officials after a controversial offside call denied West Brom a goal and a 2-1 lead over Liverpool on Sunday.

Long before goalkeeper Alisson sensationally gave Liverpool all three points in stoppage time, West Brom thought they had taken the lead in the second half. Semi Ajayi leapt to get a header on Conor Gallagher's corner, the ball reaching Kyle Bartley who stabbed home and celebrated.

The flag was raised as Matt Phillips - who was standing in line with Alisson - was offside. But West Brom manager Allardyce rubbished the "ridiculous decision" which had gone in Liverpool's favour.

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"VAR is there to let a player who's onside score a goal - and don't give us none of that rubbish about 'he's in the goalie's eyeline', because he's about two-and-half metres off him," said Allardyce to Sky Sports post-match.

"That's an absolutely outrageous, ridiculous decision when you've got VAR.

So I said before the game, we needed a bit of luck, we needed a great performance and we didn't need VAR or the officials to go against us - and they've gone against us on two occasions and it's the main reason why we've lost this game today."

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It was a tricky call, as it didn't appear Phillips was blocking Alisson's sight of the ball particularly.

Football fans on Twitter were divided by saying that those are the laws of the game - and others raging that Liverpool had got away with a gift decision.

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Earlier in the match, Hal Robson-Kanu had put the already relegated West Brom into the lead, before Mohamed Salah equalised with his 22nd Premier League goal of the season.

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The game eventually finished 2-1 to Liverpool - as Alisson powered in an incredible, soaring header five minutes into injury time - to give Liverpool a vital three points in their battle for the top four.

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Featured image credit: Sky Sports/Twitter

Topics: Liverpool, Sam Allardyce, Premier League, West Brom, VAR

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