Steve McManaman and Jermain Defoe agreed Curtis Jones was hit hard in Liverpool’s 2-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur.
While it’s understandable that Steve McManaman, a former Liverpool player, will be upset about yesterday’s VAR calls.
Former striker Jermain Defoe, who is currently coaching at Tottenham, even agreed that Curtis Jones should not have been sent off as he said Premier League Productions (09/30/23 at 6:30 p.m.).
Field referee Simon Hooper initially gave a yellow card before being told by VAR to go to his monitor, where Curtis Jones was given his marching orders.
That would just be the tip of the iceberg when it comes to some of yesterday’s predictions, as VAR has sunk to deeper depths.
All of this infuriated McManaman, as the former Liverpool player and Defoe agreed it was unhelpful that the on-field referee went to his VAR screen and looked at a “freeze” of Curtis Jones’ tackle.
Curtis Jones’ red card
“I think no red card,” McManaman said. “Yes, in the end it looks like a poor challenge. But I think Curtis Jones gets the ball a little bit. I think the follow-through and the momentum with which he reaches for the tackle goes beyond the ball and collides with Bissouma.”
Defoe said: “I think it’s the dynamic of the challenge. He’s unlucky. But if you slow down the pace, it looks worse than it is – when the referee went to the monitor and saw the freeze frame, he almost made up his mind. I thought he was unlucky.”
McManaman added: “I don’t like it at all. I don’t like that. The referee goes over and shows a freeze frame of the collision when he should actually be watching it in real time and then making the ruling and then maybe calling it a day.
“I honestly have a big problem with some of the decisions – I was really surprised.”
Liverpool loses their unbeaten streak
This is the first defeat of the season for Jürgen Klopp and his Liverpool players, who seem to be having a difficult time this season.
They either drop back or go down to ten men, and in some cases, ask Newcastle United fans, they do both.
Amazingly, they managed to show their skills in each of these games and when they were down to nine men yesterday it looked like they would do the same.
Joel Matip’s own goal was the most foolish of all fools, but they have no time to dwell and must move on now.
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