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Matip laments 'killing' Liverpool's FA Cup hopes

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Kristopher Love | 01 February, 2018, 08:04

BT Sport decided the amount of time added on during Liverpool's 3-2 defeat to West Bromwich Albion in the FA Cup on Saturday, according to Reds boss Jurgen Klopp.

Pawson again checks with VAR, after Dawson was ruled offside as he contested an aerial ball with Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet. But would he have got a penalty in a normal game without VAR?

The referees' body Professional Game Match Officials Limited think Klopp's claims come after a possible miscommunication in his conversation with Moss.

West Brom saw what at first appeared a legal goal disallowed for offside in the first-half, before the hosts' Mohamed Salah was awarded a penalty with the help of VAR.

"I heard that television said it's not longer than four minutes".

"You don't want to be a bad loser or whatever but that was the situation".

It's clear more time was needed during the first half. And in this case, I fully agree, there is now room for improvement because some of the decisions are taking too long to review.

"Of course that's not possible: you can not cut match time because there is something else to broadcast".

"I don't know if he is at that level yet, but if he plays like that until the end of the season then he is going to have a shout of getting into that England squad". "I would not have spoken about it but that was the case", he said. You can see the action close-up, with key incidents replayed dozens of times from several different angles.

BT Sport presenter Jake Humphrey strongly disagreed with Klopp's suggestion that BT Sport had anything to do with how much time the referee added to the first half. "We waited so long to wait for the decisions, the stadium went flat and every goal was a bit of a mockery because we were waiting for the decision".

They believe VAR officials would have told the match officials how long to add on and Klopp may have mistakenly thought the reference to "TV" meant broadcasters - when in fact it referred to the video assistants.

Many have suggested these accusations from Klopp are a distraction tactic to defect from his team's defensive deficiencies.