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Klopp: Premier League cannot continue with current version of VAR

SoccerNews in English Premier League 17 May 2024

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Departing Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp would vote to remove VAR in its current guise from the Premier League, though he also believes officiating standards are a problem.

On Wednesday, it was revealed that Wolves – who have been on the wrong end of several contentious decisions this season – had tabled a motion to abolish VAR from the top flight.

The club listed several “negative consequences” brought on by the technology’s introduction, including an impact on in-stadium atmospheres, diminished accountability of match officials and its role in furthering “completely nonsensical” allegations of corruption from fans.

The role of VAR is now set to be discussed at an annual shareholders’ meeting on June 6, though Wolves’ motion is thought unlikely to garner the 14 votes needed to pass.

Liverpool were on the wrong end of perhaps the most high-profile VAR error this season, when Darren England mistakenly cleared an incorrect offside call on a Luis Diaz goal against Tottenham.

Liverpool face Wolves in their final game under Klopp on Sunday, and the Reds boss believes they are right to say VAR is not working in its current guise.

“I don’t think they’re voting against VAR, I think they’ll vote about how it gets used, because that’s definitely not right. I understand that,” Klopp said.

“In the way they do it, I would vote against it, because these people are not able to use it properly.

“I do not think VAR is the problem but the way we use it is the problem. You cannot change the people, it’s clear. You need them. So yeah, I would vote for scrapping VAR.”

Meanwhile, it was also announced on Friday that midfielder Thiago Alcantara will leave Liverpool when his contract expires in June, after four injury-hit years at Anfield.

Thiago has been limited to just 68 Premier League appearances throughout his time with the Reds, including one match this campaign.

“Before he even came to Liverpool I believed that if you really love football it would make a lot of sense if you watched Thiago Alcantara play,” Klopp said of the Spaniard.

“Technically, he is so, so good, a talent who could play in any team in the world, and it was a privilege to have him with us.”

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