VAR Controversy Dominates Liverpool Vs Manchester City First Half
Manchester City were on the receiving end of a poor referee decision and Liverpool instantly made them pay through Fabinho's brilliant strike, before Mo Salah doubled the lead from a questionable position.
Fans were excited about the clash of England's best two sides with undefeated Liverpool going into the game six points ahead of champions City at Anfield.
Pep Guardiola's side couldn't really afford to lose but they found themselves behind after just six minutes thanks to a wonderful strike from Fabinho, but the goal wasn't without controversy.
As usual VAR was being questioned after Trent Alexander-Arnold appeared to handle in the Liverpool box before the Reds' went up the other end of the pitch to score.
Man City want handball by Trent Alexander-Arnold before the Liverpool goal- Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) November 10, 2019
Are they hard done by?
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What a start for the Premier League leaders - but Man City are furious!
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Fans on social media and commentators Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher all believed that Alexander-Arnold's outstretched arm should have concluded with a spot kick, with Raheem Sterling ready to strike if the defender had missed the ball.
But things were to get even worse for the visitors just seven minutes later. Mo Salah headed home to make it 2-0 from Andy Roberton's cross but there's a chance it should have been ruled offside by VAR.
After Sheffield United's unlucky moment on Saturday it looks very much like Jurgen Klopp's side were a bit lucky:
Why wasn't the same scrutiny given to Salah's goal? We all know why. VAR gives them more chance to rig it. pic.twitter.com/FIBCi945qw- AFCAMDEN (@AFCAMDEN) November 10, 2019
Think the VAR room is also controlling the replays as well. Be nice to see the Salah decision again. #LIVMCI- Paddy Power (@paddypower) November 10, 2019
VAR didn't even review the second goal, inexplicable.- Rafael Hernández (@RafaelH117) November 10, 2019
With Sheffield, we saw VAR being used in an offside call right to the very centimetre. There were lines, adjustments, different angles, etc. With Salah's goal - very close call - it was decided quickly.- UtdArena. (@utdarena) November 10, 2019
This all creates confusion amongst fans.
The VAR check for Salah's goal... pic.twitter.com/6iBz3JDYLB- Lampard Cultist (@MadMontana) November 10, 2019
Here's my own VAR analysis pic.twitter.com/Rscq55ceck- FPL Partridge (@FPL_Partridge) November 10, 2019
How does sissoko get called for a handball and potentially costs spurs the champions league final but Alexander-Arnold doesn't get called pic.twitter.com/cp4M6ToT4g- Blake Johanson (@blake_johanson) November 10, 2019
Liverpool certainly have had the better of the first half but they've been helped by referee Michael Oliver and the man in charge of VAR.
The sign of champions?