“A clear and obvious error” – Richard Keys questions VAR after Liverpool win

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Dom Le Roy

Former Sky Sports television presenter Richard Keys has claimed that Liverpool’s winning goal against Tottenham Hotspur should not have stood.

Jurgen Klopp’s side started the brighter of the two and went ahead when Mohamed Salah’s shot took a big deflection off Eric Dier and looped over Hugo Lloris.

Spurs had barely ventured out of their own half until they produced a lethal counter attack which saw Giovani Lo Celso release Heung-min Son who raced clear down the left to finish neatly beyond Alisson at the near post.

Following the half time break, Jose Mourinho’s team had the better chances half, with Steven Bergwijn firing wide and later hitting the upright when one on one with Alisson and Harry Kane heading over from point-blank range from a corner kick.

Keys, who was co-presenting beIN Sports’ live television coverage of the Premier League encounter claimed that an incident in the build-up to Roberto Firmino’s goal should have been deemed a foul.

Eric Dier attempted to track the run of Rhys Williams who was heading towards the back post but saw his run blocked by Jordan Henderson and could only watch from the floor as the Brazilian powered his header home.

Williams’ actions appeared to distract Toby Alderweireld which caused Firminho to become unmarked.

Keys said to Andy Gray during their appearance on beIN Sports HD 1 (16/12/20 from 9:45pm) as quoted by The Mirror: “He [Henderson]’s taken him out hasn’t he?”

“I think that’s what Tottenham were complaining about.

“Is it a foul on Dier? It affects the outcome doesn’t it? Dramatically.

“I’m not blaming the match official, but why did VAR not pick it up? There’s no reason why they shouldn’t pick it up. It’s a foul.

“He was very clearly blocked. That’s a clear and obvious error. Watch him make a movement to go with him.”

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Spurs and Richard Keys should stop crying. The fact that Henderson and Dier made contact doesn’t mean there was a foul. How ridiculous is that suggestion? Henderson was running left while Dier decided to run right and they collided and Dier went down. Since when does 2 players touching without the ball not even there become a foul?

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