Liverpool lead the Premier League in VAR errors

Liverpool have suffered the most from VAR errors in the Premier League this season, with one in five of the division's total mistakes adversely affecting the Reds.

Jurgen Klopp's side were on the receiving end of the most famous VAR mix-up in English football history to date back in September when Luis Diaz's legitimate goal against Tottenham was ruled out for offside.

On-field referee Simon Hooper disallowed the goal after it was flagged by his assistant, while VAR officials Darren England and Dan Cook failed to communicate that the decision should have been overturned.

Liverpool went on to lose the game 2-1, after also seeing both Curtis Jones and Diogo Jota sent off in contentious circumstances. Afterwards, the club released a statement vowing to "explore the range of options available, given the clear need for escalation and resolution."

The debacle led to an apology from the PGMOL and the eventual release of the audio between the officials showing how the VAR room error occurred.

League leaders in VAR errors

That now infamous decision is one of four VAR errors that have gone against the Reds this season, a report ESPN have revealed.

Liverpool lead the way for VAR mistakes in 2023/24, ahead of Brighton and Wolves who have both suffered three errors.

ESPN notes there gave been a total of 20 VAR errors overall in the Premier League this campaign so far — meaning a fifth of all mistakes have come against Klopp's league leaders.

However, despite the injustice in the Reds' case, the report claims that "the accuracy of key match decisions has increased from 82% pre-VAR to 96% this season" while the Premier League's chief football officer Tony Scholes has insisted that the standard of refereeing is "at least as good [or] better than it's ever been."

Scholes continued: "Clearly everything in the world of VAR is not perfect.

"We're aware of that and we know that we've got work to do. We're doing too many checks, we're taking too long in doing them as well. It's to a degree understandable, given the level of scrutiny these guys are under.

"But the reviews are taking too long and it's affecting the flow of the game, and we're extremely aware of that and the need to improve that speed whilst always maintaining the accuracy."

Meanwhile, in quotes carried by the Daily Mail, Scholes also indirectly criticised Liverpool for going public with their frustrations back in September after the fiasco at Spurs.

He said: "It doesn’t help when they have to go public with a statement when we are talking regularly. We consult with managers already and have two meetings a year and a squad visit."

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