The MOTD experts say Fabinho made a mistake, but it was wrong to impose a penalty on Liverpool.


Jurgen Klopp’s team fell behind with an early penalty from Sander Berge, before goals from Roberto Firmino and Diogo Jota turned the game around for a 2-1 victory.

Match of the Day experts Jermaine Jenas and Micah Richards gave their verdict on Fabinho and a VAR call during the match against Sheffield United last night.

Liverpool fought back and beat Sheffield United 2-1 in the Premier League at Anfield on Saturday

A big decision was made against Liverpool when Fabinho was conceded a foul right at the edge of the penalty area, with referee Mike Dean finally pointing after the VAR action.

However, after the controversial Merseyside derby against Everton, the VAR was in the spotlight for the second week in a row and there was a lot of discussion around the game.

He explained the game of the day to the BBC: “Should Fabinho go to the ball first of all? No, he should hold back.

The former Tottenham and Newcastle midfielder, Jenas, spoke out in favour of Liverpool, declaring that there had been no foul and wondering why the VAR did not intervene to tell Dean to go to the sidelines and take another look at the incident on the monitors.

Jenas, however, claimed that Fabinho had made the mistake of trying a tackle in the first place, although he probably should have stayed on his feet.

“It’s on the line, he gets a part of the ball, so it should not be given.

“I don’t think it is a penalty. I don’t think it’s a foul at all

“It’s given by Mike Dean, he could have gone to the monitor but he didn’t, and VAR didn’t see it as a clear and obvious mistake and didn’t tip him.

And although Richards admitted that the Brazilian will make mistakes, he believes he is capable of doing his job.

Fabinho defensively stepped in for Virgil van Dijk, who could miss the rest of the season due to injury.

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“He will not replace Van Dijk, nobody can, but I think he will be a good replacement for the team until he comes back.

he explained: “He has played in this position before, yes, he will make mistakes.

Liverpool are back in the Champions League midweek against Midtjylland FC before West Ham move into the Premier League.


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