Liverpool’s James Milner says he’s ‘falling out of love with football’ due to VAR as decisions go against Reds in Brighton draw
James Milner has admitted he is ‘falling out of love’ with football in its current state due to VAR, following Saturday’s drama-filled draw at Brighton.
The Liverpool players were left fuming after seeing Mohamed Salah’s first half goal chalked off due to an apparent offside.
Replays showed the Egypt international was ahead of the Brighton defence by the thinnest of margins, with Sadio Mane also having a goal ruled out to make it 2-0 following a VAR review, after Diogo Jota scored again to put the Reds in front.
The Reds went on to draw 1-1 with the Seagulls after more VAR drama, with Brighton awarded a late penalty that was converted by Pascal Gross.
VAR advised referee Stuart Atwell to have another look at an incident in the box involving a clash of feet between Andy Robertson and Danny Welbeck.
Atwell looked at the replay on his pitchside monitor and promptly gave the Seagulls a second penalty of the match – with Neal Maupay having earlier wasted his chance to convert.
Reds boss Jurgen Klopp sarcastically applauded the officials after the second penalty was given, before confronting Atwell as the final whistle went.
Liverpool defender Robertson seemingly venting his frustrations at VAR on social media.
Robertson tweeted: “Wonder when the people playing the game will have a say! Very frustrating day but credit to Brighton, really tough opponent!”
And Premier League veteran Milner, who limped out of the match with a hamstring injury, also aired his views on Twitter after the game.
He wrote: “It’s ‘clear and obvious’ we need a serious discussion about VAR.
“Sure I’m not alone in feeling like they are falling out of love with the game in its current state.”
His post sparked a big reaction online, with Reds captain Jordan Henderson backing his teammate with a series of applauding hands emojis on Instagram.
Anfield hero Luis Garcia also replied, posting: “It must be so frustrating, it is from home, I can’t imagine on the pitch!”
Meanwhile, former Premier League star-turned-pundit Jermaine Jenas also agreed, writing in response: “We’ve been trying lad… the game’s gone.”