James Milner has admitted he ‘fell in love’ with football in its current state due to VAR, following Saturday’s dramatic draw in Brighton.
The Liverpool players were left angry after seeing Mohamed Salah’s first-half goal canceled due to an apparent offside.
Reruns showed the Egypt international was ahead of Brighton’s defense by the slimmest of margins, with Sadio Mane also having an excluded goal to bring the score to 2-0 after a VAR exam, after Diogo Jota scored again to put the Reds in front.
The Reds went on to draw the Seagulls 1-1 after more VAR drama, with Brighton allowing a late penalty which was converted by Pascal Gross.
VAR advised referee Stuart Atwell to take another look at an incident in the box involving a foot clash between Andy Robertson and Danny Welbeck.
Atwell watched the replay on his field monitor and quickly handed the Seagulls a second penalty of the game – with Neal Maupay. having wasted his chance to convert earlier.
Reds boss Jurgen Klopp sarcastically applauded officials after the second penalty, before facing Atwell at the final whistle.
Liverpool defender Robertson is apparently speaking about his frustrations at VAR on social media.
Robertson tweeted: “I wonder when the people who play the game will have a say! Very frustrating day but thank you to Brighton, really tough opponent! “
And Premier League veteran Milner, who limped out of the game due to a hamstring injury, also broadcast his take on Twitter after the game.
He wrote: “It is ‘clear and obvious’ that we need a serious discussion on VAR.
“Of course, I’m not the only one who feels like they’re no longer in love with the game as it is now.”
His post sparked a big backlash online, with Reds captain Jordan Henderson supporting his teammate with a series of cheering emojis on Instagram.
Anfield hero Luis Garcia also replied: “It must be so frustrating, it’s from my home, I can’t imagine on the pitch!”
Meanwhile, former Premier League star turned expert Jermaine Jenas also agreed, writing in response: ‘We tried boy … the game is gone.’