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Premier League VAR vote 'could be canceled' as Liverpool and others 'make stance clear'

Jurgen Klopp, the manager of Liverpool, argues with referee Michael Oliver after the Premier League match against Manchester City at Anfield on March 10.
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The Premier League decision on the future of VAR might not even get as far as a vote because the majority is so overwhelming in favor of keeping the technology.

Liverpool and the rest of the clubs that make up the top flight were asked for their thoughts on the system with Wolves tabling a motion to remove VAR altogether. As expected, that has 'no chance' of being passed, ESPN reports.

Wolves issued a statement which called for VAR to be removed having been on the end of several errors during the season just gone. "The price we are paying for a small increase in accuracy is at odds with the spirit of our game," the Midlands outfit said. "And as a result, we should remove it from the 2024/25 season onwards."

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As with every Premier League vote, at least 14 teams would have had to have been in favor of scrapping the technology for the decision to come to pass. But there is no appetite to remove the technology completely in the top flight rather, there is a belief that it needs to be tailored and improved.

Liverpool was on the receiving end of the worst VAR call of the season when Luis Diaz's legitimate goal against Tottenham was chalked off. But the Premier League and the PGMOL are of the view that while things can further improve, they are getting better.

Next season, referees could be asked to announce their decision to the stadium if they are sent to the screen to make things clearer for fans in attendance what is happening. Automated offside calls should also speed up the process in many cases where the assistant referee's flag should have been raised.

The Telegraph reports that Liverpool was among the clubs in favor of keeping VAR. Manchester United and West Ham United also fall into the same category, feeling that improvements being made rather the system being scrapped would be the best idea.

Liverpool.com says: Quite clearly, VAR needs to get more accurate and faster. But at the same time, losing it entirely would only lead to different arguments. As soon as an error was made by a referee, the calls to get the technology back to help out would return. There is no easy or instant fix but the technology should overall be a useful tool.