Klopp vents VAR frustrations

Jurgen Klopp has claimed VAR could end up costing managers their jobs after the latest controversy of the season at Villa Park.

Liverpool thought they had scored a 27th minute equaliser when Roberto Firmino converted Sadio Mane’s cross but he was deemed to be offside. The Premier League issued a statement to say the Brazilian’s armpit had infringed play.

Aston Villa manager Dean Smith – who was thrilled with his side’s performance, admitted he thought the goal should have stood and Klopp, who has seen a number of big calls go against his team this season, including one at Old Trafford last month, hopes action will be taken.

Firmino was adjudged to have been offside by an armpit.

“When we talk about serious moments, very important moments in football, it’s not right to sit here and everyone wants to laugh about it,” said Klopp, whose team snatched a 2-1 win at Villa Park.

“It is too serious. Managers get sacked for losing football games. They just have to clarify it.

“I am not saying anyone is doing it on purpose. My analyst showed it to me after the game as I didn’t see it. They are not doing it on purpose but we need to sort a few things obviously.

“Nobody talks about the handball situation with Matt Targett as it was not whistled. Was it a penalty? The shot hit the arm and in the good old times it was a penalty.

“It sometimes goes for or against you – that is not the problem, we just have to make sure the new system helps the game and not confuse it. That is in the interest of all of us.”

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Mane on the money

From his home of Sédhiou in Senegal, Liverpool star Sadio Mane comes from a difficult background.

Now that he’s made it, Mane says he’s not going to spend his money on expensive cars, but rather contribute to bettering the lives of poverty-stricken people from his home.

“Why would I want ten Ferraris, twenty diamond watches, or two planes? What will these objects do for me and for the world? I was hungry, and I had to work in the field; I survived hard times, played football barefooted, I did not have an education and many other things, but today with what I win thanks to football, I can help my people,” Mane is quoted as saying.

“I built schools, a stadium, we provide clothes, shoes, food for people who are in extreme poverty. In addition, I give 70 euros per month to all people in a very poor region of Senegal which contributes to their family economy. I do not need to display luxury cars, luxury homes, trips and even planes. I prefer that mine receive a little of what life has given me”.

#FARPost salutes you, Mane!!!

Liverpool, Arsenal chase African star

Ajax Amsterdam have removed the £26million release clause from Hakim Ziyech’s contract amid interest from English Premier League clubs Liverpool and Arsenal.

The Moroccan caught the eye of Europe’s biggest clubs with his performances in Ajax’s run to the Uefa Champions League semi-finals last season, and the Dutch club have now tied him down to a new contract.

According to a report from AS, the Eredivisie champions offered Ziyech an improved deal without a release clause included.

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Fabregas dreams of Mane link up

Cesc Fabregas has declared Sadio Mane one of the top three players in the world after the Liverpool forward added to his goal tally again on Wednesday night.

The Senegalese forward played a lovely one-two with Roberto Firmino before grabbing his seventh goal of the season just nine minutes into Liverpool’s tie against Mane’s former club Red Bull Salzburg.

Mane’s performance prompted former Premier League star Cesc Fabregas to tweet the bold claim that he believes Mane is one of the top players in the world and has been for some time.

‘Mane for me is top 3 players in the world and has been for a while,’ the Monaco midfielder tweeted. ‘Top top level.’

The vast amounts of retweets and likes suggests many concurred with the former Chelsea and Arsenal man, although some were keen to voice their disagreement.

The midfield maestro has a reputation on the pitch for being one of the most intelligent footballers around, but one Twitter user felt he had got it wrong on this occasion.

A Chelsea fan tweeted ‘Cesc this is a really rare L from you I’m afraid’ to which Fabregas backed up his claim, replying ‘Believe me he’s amazing. I’d love to play behind him.’

If the Best Men’s Player awards are anything to go by, Fabregas’s claims are slightly off, with the Champions League-winning forward recently named in fifth place behind team-mates Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Djik as well as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Liverpool went 3-0 up in the game before astonishingly allowing the Austrian side to get the score back to 3-3, only for one of Mane’s strike partners Salah to smash home to eventually give the hosts the victory.

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