- Title: Liverpool winning streak ends with draw at United
- Date: 20th October 2019
- Summary: (SOUNDBITE) (English) LIVERPOOL MANAGER, JUERGEN KLOPP, ON VAR, SAYING: "I'm not sure if he can admit that, but Mr. (referee Martin) Atkinson was - you saw it at the very first moment, that he ran and he saw that it could be a goal. Then they scored a goal and he immediately showed VAR. So, my coaches were already on their toes and I said, 'come on, calm down. VAR is checking it. And I was 100% sure VAR will overrule it. But now, obviously, we have the problem. So the ref let the game run because he has VAR. But, the VAR says then, 'it was not clear so we could say it's not a foul, so I don't overrule it'. That doesn't make too much sense. So, we don't get anything back from that, but it's a clear VAR issue in with how we deal with it at the moment. I'm not angry or whatever. It's just, wow. Really, I saw it clear. It was a foul and nothing else. But you know in England sometimes with challenges we say, 'Oh come on, it's proper football or whatever. It was a foul'. And they would have whistled all the time and I'm sure Mr. Atkinson would have whistled if there was no VAR involved. But now we let it go because somebody else can make the decision. But somebody else is not making the decision because he says, 'meh'."
- Embargoed: 3rd November 2019 20:01
- Keywords: Soccer English Premier league Manchester United Liverpool Juergen Klopp Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Old Trafford
- Location: MANCHESTER, ENGLAND, UK
- City: MANCHESTER, ENGLAND, UK
- Country: United Kingdom
- Topics: Soccer,Sport
- Reuters ID: LVA003B1WHVZZ
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Manchester United ended Liverpool's 100% start to the Premier League season -- and their 17-match winning streak -- with a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford on Sunday (October 20).
But there was disappointment for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side who were five minutes away from a surprise win before Liverpool substitute Adam Lallana grabbed an equaliser for the league leaders to cancel out Marcus Rashford's 36th minute opener.
It was yet another Premier League game with VAR controversy which will continue to provoke debate about the system introduced this season.
The result cuts Liverpool's lead over second-placed Manchester City to six points and Juergen Klopp's side were far from their best.
United are now unbeaten in their last seven home games against Liverpool and while their battling display will boost morale, the 20-times champions are adrift in 13th place, 15 points behind the leaders.
(Production: Kurt Michael Hall)
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