Andy Robertson took to Twitter yesterday afternoon to express his dismay at the final result for Liverpool against Brighton in the Saturday lunchtime game, suggesting it was time players were involved with VAR.
The Reds were on course to grind out a 1-0 win on the south coast when a soft penalty was awarded, after a pitchside monitor review, against the Scottish full-back for a clash of feet with Danny Welbeck.
Pascal Gross would score it to level the game and share the points, with several Reds, and Seagulls players, left to really question the decision.
Indeed, that bemusement continued into the afternoon:
Wonder when the people playing the game will have a say! Very frustrating day but credit to Brighton, really tough opponent! pic.twitter.com/FxluTuThyC
— Andy Robertson (@andrewrobertso5) November 28, 2020
ANFIELD WATCH VERDICT
What was perhaps the most galling after the game was the likes of Welbeck telling BT it was a soft decision and Jordan Henderson revealing Brighton players had told him they felt it wasn’t a penalty.
Clearly, it was a decision that, without VAR, would not have been given and you do feel with a player’s perspective in the decision-making things might well improve.
Whether the FA and Premier League seek to make such an adjustment remains to be seen but, after another contentious VAR moment, you do sense we’re getting to a point where something needs to give.
Up next for the Reds, Ajax in the Champions League.