A new week brings new news as Liverpool players jet off to represent their country, but there is still the matter of the post-Brighton reaction to sort through.
Why no red card for Pascal Gross?
It was all rather bemusing when Gross was not sent off or cautioned after tugging Dominik Szoboszlai back by his shirt collar and conceding a penalty.
There was no double jeopardy in play as he was not making a genuine challenge for the ball and with rules suggesting a red was in order, VAR specialist Dale Johnson of ESPN has looked to explain why that did not occur.
When assessing ‘obvious goal-scoring opportunities’, the distance, direction of play, likelihood of keeping or gaining control of the ball and the location of defenders are considered.
To the naked eye, all Szoboszlai had to do was run onto the ball and slide it into an empty net after Bart Verbruggen raced off his line.
But Johnson explains that “[Craig] Pawson (lead VAR) has decided that the general direction of play and that Szoboszlai doesn’t have control of the ball create enough doubt that the Hungary international would have a genuine chance of scoring.”
Clearly not watching the same events if they did not think that was a genuine chance!
“The VAR rarely gets involved in DOGSO situations unless it’s very clear there’s been a subjective error,” Johnson added before later saying, “it’s surprising that Gross wasn’t even booked, but we do see consistency on this.”
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Latest Liverpool FC news
- Ryan Gravenberch continues to be given the cold shoulder by the Netherlands setup despite a host of injuries, failing to receive a senior or U21s call up after choosing to settle at Liverpool last month – their loss!
- Mo Salah has been praised for his “extreme humility” and “concern” for his team-mates by Egypt coach Rui Vitoria, qualities he has consistently shown at Anfield
Latest chat from elsewhere
- The UK and Republic of Ireland are to be announced as hosts of the 2028 Euros on Tuesday after becoming the last bid standing – Wembley will need to show it can do better than 2020! (BBC)
- Liverpool Women secured their second successive league victory, the 2-0 win over Aston Villa has them perfectly prepared for the derby at Anfield on Sunday
- Wayne Rooney has left DC United in MLS and is now in the running to take the helm at Birmingham City, who are currently sixth in the Championship and battling for promotion (The Times)
Video of the day
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