James Milner blasts VAR decision that cost Liverpool first-half equaliser

The Video Assistant Referee has come under immense scrutiny once again as it wrongfully cancelled out Roberto Firmino's first-half equaliser.
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James Milner has blasted the VAR (Video Assistant Referee) decision to rule out Roberto Firmino's equaliser on the stroke of half-time.

Liverpool enjoyed the lions share of the chances in the first half and were made to rue their wasted opportunities. 

Ollie Watkins, who scored a hat-trick in the corresponding, became the first player to score against the Reds in a Premier League fixture since Andrey Arshavin with his strike four minutes before the break.


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The Englishman also grabbed his first international goal with his effort against San Marino in March. He held off Ozan Kabak and fired goalwards which saw the ball squirm beneath the diving Alisson Becker.

Questions were raised over whether the Brazilian could've done better to keep out the 25-year-old's strike.

Into first-half stoppage time, Firmino thought he drew the hosts level. Trent Alexander-Arnold's searching pass evaded Matty Cash, Diogo Jota latched on, he teed up Andy Robertson whose shots deflected to the feet of the Brazilian who made no mistake as he chipped Emi Martinez.

However, VAR intervened and after four minutes of reviewing footage, Andy Madley at Stockley Park adjudged the Portugal international as marginally offside.

Much to the disappointment of the Liverpool captain James Milner who exchanged with match referee Paul Tierney at half-time.

Speaking to BBC's Match of the Day, the 35-year-old slammed the referee-aiding technology. 

"Not for me [that it was offside]. I think if you ask a lot of players, nobody wants an offside given by an armpit or in an ear. The level seems to have gone out of the game."

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It is not the first time the mechanics has thwarted a Liverpool goal with the video assistant referee on a number of occasions this season incorrectly cancelling out goals and decisions that many believe should have stood or been made in the Reds favour.

The debate will no doubt continue, with many calling for the element of the game to be scrapped.