Sadio Mane's Offside Decision Resurrects VAR Debate In The Premier League

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Liverpool's Sadio Mane had a goal ruled out for offside (after a long wait) during the win against Watford. Mane's hip was adjudged to be marginally offside.

Written By Colin DCunha | Mumbai | Updated On:
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Just a day after winning the Premier League's Player of the Month award, Sadio Mane was left frustrated during the Liverpool vs Watford game. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp afforded Swiss winger Xherdan Shaqiri a rare start against Watford on Saturday. Shaqiri almost registered an assist to repay Jurgen Klopp's faith as he whipped in a cross which Sadio Mane converted. On closer observation, the goal was adjudged as offside, which meant that Liverpool were just one goal up after 50 minutes.

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VAR rules out Sadio Mane's glancing header

Sadio Mane has been in terrific form for Liverpool this season. The Senegalese once again displayed his goalscoring prowess, showcasing some brilliant technique to head in a cross from Xherdan Shaqiri. The Video Assistant Referee (VAR), however, judged that Sadio Mane's hip was a millimetre offside. With the screen flashing "No Goal", the Liverpool winger clapped his hands and urged Liverpool onwards as the league leaders looked for another goal to clinch the three points. Interestingly, according to an ESPN report, Liverpool are the only team in the Premier League to have as many VAR decisions to go against them, as they have had VAR decisions go their way. 

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This is far from the first time that VAR has played spoilsport in the Premier League this term. Earlier in November, Roberto Firmino had a goal chalked off for offside when VAR adjudged that it was just the Brazilian's armpit that was offside. The likes of Arsenal and Manchester City are among the ones most affected. Gabriel Jesus' winner against Tottenham Hotspur was disallowed by VAR. In Arsenal's 2-1 defeat to Brighton, David Luiz had a goal ruled out for offside by VAR. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has now joined the list of the many managers zealously criticizing VAR. "I don't celebrate goals anymore," the charismatic German was quoted as saying in the post-match press conference after the Liverpool vs Watford game. 

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