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Liverpool wait for key decision after Premier League VAR truth emerges

Referee Simon Hooper views the VAR monitor before sending off Curtis Jones during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool FC.
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Liverpool were the club who suffered the most from VAR mistakes in the past season, according to the Premier League’s Independent Key Match Incidents (KMI) panel.

The panel was set up two years ago and reviews every major decision in matches. A list of 31 decisions that the panel deemed to be wrong has been published by ESPN, with more than one incident involving Liverpool appearing.

The list shows that the Reds have been the most impacted by decisions that the panel have concluded were wrong. Liverpool are said to be on the end of four incorrect decisions that went against them with no incorrect decisions going for them.

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The closest other club is Wolves who had thee incorrect decisions against and none for and Brighton, who had four against and one for. Nottingham Forest and Burnley are the other two teams to have more incorrect decisions go against them then they had for.

So which of the incidents involving Liverpool this season were on the list created by the KMI panel? They are listed below:

Liverpool vs AFC Bournemouth (Aug 19)

The panel have decided that the red card shown to Alexis Mac Allister for a challenge on Ryan Christie should not have been shown. Liverpool were successful on appeal against the decision after the game.

Tottenham vs Liverpool (Sept 30)

Luis Diaz was ruled as offside for what would have been the opening goal of the game, which eventually ended in a 2-1 loss. A communication error led to the decision not being overturned with Spurs opening the scoring soon after.

Liverpool vs Arsenal (Dec 23)

The panel concluded that Liverpool should have been awarded a penalty for a handball by Martin Odegaard. The incident came in the 19th minute when Liverpool were trailing 1-0, the game eventually ended in a 1-1 draw.

Burnley vs Liverpool (Dec 26)

Liverpool saw a goal to double their lead ruled out when Darwin Nunez was penalised for a foul on Charlie Taylor. The panel decided that VAR should have overturned the decision and awarded the goal.

In terms of league position, for Liverpool, the decisions didn't have a direct impact on their position in the table. Even if every decision was correct they would have still finished in third place behind Man City and Arsenal.

However, if the goal would have been awarded against Spurs, the Reds would have taken a point from the game with the score at 2-2 instead of a 2-1 defeat. That goal may have also had an impact on the match, meaning that, in theory, Klopp's men could have gone on to take all three points.

The released list comes after it was revealed that Wolves were pushing for the technology to be scrapped for the coming season, with a vote taking place at the next meeting between the clubs this summer. They are however not expected to receive enough backing from other teams for it to be the end of VAR in the Premier League anytime soon.