Wednesday’s Liverpool news includes VAR audio from the contentious red card on Tyneside while two current forwards give glowing reviews about life at Anfield.
VAR audio from Van Dijk dismissal released
The defender was shown a red card for his challenge on forward Alexander Isak after less than 30 minutes of Liverpool’s eventual 2-1 win at St. James’ Park.
As part of a new Sky Sports series, Match Officials: Mic’d Up, the discussions between on-pitch referee John Brooks and VAR Stuart Attwell have been made available to the public.
The referee was certain the challenge warranted a red card from the beginning, but checks were made to ensure the forward hadn’t strayed into an offside position.
Brooks could be heard on the footage saying to Van Dijk: “Listen, you will be sent off unless he’s offside. It’s very, very tight, OK?”
Upon hearing of his dismissal, the Reds defender labelled the decision a “f***ing joke” in an outburst that was also caught by the audio.
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