Curtis Jones sent off after VAR review against Tottenham

Curtis Jones was sent off midway through the first half of Liverpool's clash with Tottenham on Saturday evening, following a VAR review.

Jones was initially only shown a yellow card by referee Simon Hooper after the midfielder appeared to slip into making a misjudged tackle on Yves Bissouma on 24 minutes that left the Spurs player needing treatment.

However, Hooper changed his decision to a straight red for serious foul play after a VAR review, with Jones now the third Liverpool player to receive a dismissal this season following Alexis Mac Allister and Virgil van Dijk.

Jones, who shook his head in incredulity as he was shown the red card, was booed by the home fans as replays of the challenge were shown in the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

However, not everyone was in agreement with the official's decision, with the foul appearing worse than it actually was in the slow motion replay.

Sky Sports' Gary Neville – notably not typically a defender of Liverpool players – was unconvinced by the call.

He said: "He is over the top, the ball is moving and it is certainly not a red, it looks worse than it actually is.

"His foot slips, it is not a red for me and this will ruin the game."

"I maybe wrong, but I just do not know any more. In slow motion, you will come to the conclusion it is a red card. I do not think he has gone over the top to do him."

Fellow Sky pundit and former Liverpool player Jamie Redknapp agreed.

"I think the red card is extremely harsh," he said at half time. "Every time you go into a tackle like this you are risking going over the top of the ball.

"Once he doesn't get it right it doesn't look good but he doesn't mean to hurt him and yellow card would suffice."

Tottenham took the lead against 10-man Liverpool, with Heung-min Son scoring on 36 minutes, but only after the Reds saw a Luis Diaz finish ruled out for offside.

Despite the circumstances, the Reds pulled the game back to 1-1 at half time, with Cody Gakpo finding an equaliser.

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