Red Devils legend Gary Neville believes that Roberto Firmino’s first-half strike against Manchester United on Sunday should have stood.

Jurgen Klopp’s side defeated arch-rivals Manchester United 2-0 at Anfield in the Premier League thanks to goals from Virgil van Dijk and Mohamed Salah. The Reds possess a 16-point lead at the top of the table with a game in hand.

However, Liverpool’s winning margin against the Red Devils could have been greater had Firmino’s goal not been overturned by VAR.

Apparently, Van Dijk had fouled Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea before Firmino had scored, which saw the goal disallowed.

Neville, who was commentating on the match for Sky Sports, was adamant that the goal should have stood.

“They think it’s a foul by Virgil van Dijk on David de Gea but my initial reaction was it absolutely wasn’t,” Neville told Sky Sports.

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – JANUARY 19: David De Gea of Manchester United attempts to collect the ball as he is challenged by Virgil van Dijk of Liverpool during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Manchester United at Anfield on January 19, 2020 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

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“It looked like he just dropped it. We will see on VAR and it will come down to whether van Dijk has raised his arm or not.

“I don’t think that’s a foul. Van Dijk has basically dropped his arms and jumped for the ball but we shall see.

“Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is furious, David de Gea is furious. We’ve seen it before, David, you’ve got to be stronger when challenged.

“I just think he drops it. I think it’s soft. If it was against me at the other end, I wouldn’t expect a foul.”

It was the wrong decision by VAR to overrule the goal. The contact was minimal, and the reality is, Van Dijk had every right to go for the ball.

VAR is supposed to rule out the the obvious errors, and this was far from an obvious error.

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