Why Sheffield United's penalty at Liverpool was the correct decision
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Why Sheffield United's penalty at Liverpool was the correct decision

Sheffield United pushed Liverpool close on Saturday evening before eventually losing 2-1 to the Premier League champions.

The Reds worked their way back into the game and goals from Bobby Firmino and Diogo Jota ensured that Jurgen Klopp’s men escaped with all three points.

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The game was not without its controversy, though. United were awarded a penalty for a foul on Oli McBurnie, a decision which many Liverpool fans felt was harsh.

Then, Sander Berge was tripped in the box with Mike Dean giving nothing, before Mo Salah had a goal of the season contender ruled out due to the finest of offside margins.

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But it was the intial penalty for the Blades – which Berge converted – that has created the biggest talking point among Liverpool fans. However, as ESPN’s Dale Johnson explained today, the Reds’ complaint only comes down to what someone’s interpretation of a foul is.


As we can see here from a series of tweets from Johnson, Mike Dean was well within his rights, as was the VAR, to give the decision.

This is as clear as explanation as we are going to get, although VAR continues to cause problems.

Had McBurnie’s original decision stood, not many United fans would have batted an eyelid. Likewise with Salah, the Premier League has been robbed of one of the finest goals all season.

Once again, it’s VAR, and not the game, we are left talking about.

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