James Milner slams VAR after Liverpool’s draw with Brighton but is there bias in the midfielder’s words?

James Milner slams VAR after Liverpool’s draw with Brighton but is there bias in the midfielder’s words?

Milner moans

Liverpool’s draw at Brighton on Saturday was filled with VAR decisions which ultimately had a major impact on the final score. The Reds had two goals disallowed – Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane both deemed offside.

Jurgen Klopp suggested that players can be flagged as offside by an ‘armpit’ or ‘club badge’ in the aftermath of the game. James Milner, meanwhile, has taken to social media to criticise the use of VAR in its current form:

“It’s “clear and obvious” we need a serious discussion about VAR. Sure I’m not alone in feeling like they are falling out of love with the game in its current state,” wrote Milner, after leaving the field of play with a hamstring injury to add further pain to the equation for Liverpool.

The Reds had a last-minute winner ruled out in the Merseyside derby several weeks ago, and it is clear that their players are also feeling hard done by following the latest round of decisions:

Is Milner Biased?

Having just dropped two points in a clash in which, pre-VAR, they would likely have emerged with a 3-0 victory, it is not surprising to see Liverpool’s players feel hard done by.

Last season, the Merseysiders had a Roberto Firmino goal ruled out after Virgil van Dijk was deemed to have fouled David de Gea in an incident which sparked plenty of debate:

However, on the other hand, Chelsea had a goal ruled out by VAR versus Klopp’s men back in September of 2019, before Liverpool immediately doubled their advantage at the other end:

In the 2019/20 season, both Chelsea and Crystal Palace had goals ruled out against Liverpool on the back of VAR checks, and, by the end of the season, the Reds had benefitted from an additional 2 points en route to a first Premier League title.

Little, if anything, was spoken about then. Is it therefore fair to suggest that, when the results are in a club’s favour, silence rules?

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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