Date: 28th January 2018 at 7:10pm
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Following yesterday’s clash between Liverpool and West Bromwich Albion, here are the instant reactions from both managers.

Liverpool hosted West Bromwich Albion at Anfield on Saturday January 27 for the FA Cup fourth round tie.

The hosts took the lead through Roberto Firmino but Jay Rodriguez had the visitors back on level terms in just under two minutes. He added a second to complete his brace in the eleventh minute of the match and following a Joel Matip own goal in first half stoppage time Albion had a surprise three one lead going into the break.

Mohamed Salah did get a second for Jurgen Klopp’s side in the 78th minute but it wasn’t enough to take them to a replay.

Whilst the result made headlines, so did a very busy VAR system across the game. Referee Craig Pawson ruled out a West Brom goal, game Liverpool a penalty and delayed the visitors third goal as he again referred to the video replay assistant.

The penalty award was the first time VAR had been used in that situation so it was a piece of history, but with so many VAR referrals in the first half the opening 45 minutes turned into 50.

Teams:

Liverpool:

Mignolet, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, van Dijk, Moreno, Oxlade-Chamberlain (Ings 65), Can (Milner 65), Wijnaldum, Salah, Firmino, Mane (Henderson 65).

Substitutes:

Lovren, Gomez, Solanke, Ward.

West Brom:

Foster, Nyom, Dawson, Evans, Gibbs (Hegazi 37), Livermore, Barry (Yacob 71), Krychowiak, Brunt, Robson-Kanu (Phillips 39), Rodriguez.

Substitutes:

Rondon, Myhill, McClean, Burke.

Speaking to the BBC’s cameras a short time after match day referee Craig Pawson blew the final whistle, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp explained.

‘It’s obvious what we did wrong in these situations. The second goal was just, wow, really bad defending from the whole group. That’s not how defending should be. We didn’t use the chance on the penalty and then their third goal must be off-side. What can you do? We had to show character in the second-half. We chased the game and maybe scored the second goal too late. When you start how we did you cannot play your best football game. They tried to save some time – which was normal – and in the end, West Brom deserve it because they scored three goals and we only scored two. They did well and fought with passion. But we have only ourselves to blame.’

West Brom head coach Alan Pardew in his comparative interview explained.

‘In the stadium, it was bizarre, because we got no evidence of what happened. There’s no screen for us. So it’s not like tennis, when the ball’s in our out. We’re completely in the dark. Everybody’s in the dark. Is it a goal? Isn’t it a goal? I think if you were in the stadium today, and you experienced that system in the first half, you would have to doubt it.’

Adding.

‘The other issue, which I think is more concerning, is that I lost two players to hamstrings in that first half. We have to keep our players ticking over. It took so long. You’re going from such high-tempo work to literally waiting. That’s something we need to look at.’

He ended with.

‘We were showing signs of it but now we need to deliver the points in the Premier League. We will need to patch ourselves up though as it’s not ideal we are playing Manchester City on Wednesday. But I’m really proud of my players and all credit to Liverpool too for the way they handled themselves during those VAR decisions.’

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