The scoreline read 2-0 at Anfield after goals from Virgil van Dijk and Mohamed Salah wrapped up three points for Liverpool, furthering their lead at the top of the Premier League table. However, the Liverpool vs Man United game was not without its fair share of controversy. With Liverpool leading by a single goal, Roberto Firmino thought he doubled Liverpool’s lead moments after the first goal. VAR, however, ruled it out for offside. Former Liverpool manager Graeme Souness and Manchester United legend Roy Keane were in the Sky Sports commentary box or the game along with Patrice Evra. Souness and Keane blasted VAR for ruling the goal out for a foul. Patrice Evra, however, was taken aback by Graeme Souness’ rant.
Graeme Souness is fuming about VAR— Football Daily (@footballdaily) January 19, 2020
🗣"Under no circumstances is that foul. They don't know what they're doing, ask a football person. It's laughable" pic.twitter.com/66BmA3IC2I
"How they see that as a foul is beyond me. The game has gone mad."— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) January 19, 2020
Roy Keane and Graeme Souness don't agree with Patrice Evra's assessment on Liverpool's disallowed goal! 🤣 pic.twitter.com/Tv9Pp3LBTW
With Liverpool holding the lead courtesy of Virgil van Dijk’s header, Virgil van Dijk once again challenged for an aerial ball in David de Gea’s box. The challenge led to a fumble from the Manchester United goalkeeper, with the ball ultimately making its way to Roberto Firmino. Liverpool’s No. 9 then came curled an impressive strike past David de Gea. The referee pointed to the halfway line, indicating the goal had stood. However, a VAR check then ruled it out for a foul on the Manchester United ‘keeper.
In the Sky Sports box, former Manchester United left-back Patrice Evra launched a mild-mannered defence of the VAR call. However, Roy Keane and Graeme Souness were least impressed. Souness went on a rant against the call, lamenting the fact that goalkeepers were afforded too much protection in the game.
Souness also pointed out that there was little Virgil van Dijk could do to avoid the challenge, with the Dutchman keeping his eyes on the ball throughout the play. Patrice Evra, taken aback by Graeme Souness’ spirited argument, proceeded to inspect the former Liverpool boss’ glass to check for trace amounts of alcohol, so to speak. Despite the goal being ruled out, Mohamed Salah settled the Liverpool vs Man United contest after goalkeeper Alisson put him through on goal late on.