Raheem Sterling posted a brilliant tweet after seeing another goal chalked off by the VAR


The Premier League roared back into life on Saturday with a glut of fantastic games to whet our appetite for the upcoming festive season.

Jose Mourinho was back on the sidelines as Tottenham began life under their new boss with a hard-fought win against West Ham.

Liverpool somehow found a way past Crystal Palace as they maintained their gap at the top of the table while Manchester City and Leicester claimed three points to keep up the pursuit.

Liverpool were lucky to go into halftime level at Palace after the VAR spotted a shove on Dejan Lovren during a melee at set-piece that ultimately saw a James Tomkins goal chalked off.

It was a foul, there can be no questioning it, but it can also be argued that Lovren went down rather easily under the push from Ayew.

Then, in the late kick-off between City and Chelsea, VAR couldn't help itself but get involved again.

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Fortunately, on this occasion, it had little bearing on the final result as Raheem Sterling's late strike was ruled out for the most marginal of offsides.

It was a tight call, to say the least, but already a goal up with only seconds to play, it won't leave as bitter a taste in the Citizens mouths as previous VAR call have done.

For Sterling, however, it is a little different, as he saw yet another goal disallowed by the controversial new system.

It seems that he was in good spirits about the debacle though, taking to Twitter to jokingly voice his discontent with the decision.

Brilliant - at least he can laugh about it this week.

Were it not for VAR, Sterling would be streaking ahead in the goal-scoring charts this season but now it seems that he will have to learn to hold his runs for just a split second longer.

You would hope that the implementation of VAR is only going to get better as the season wears on, but you can't help but feel that this won't be the last time Raheem falls afoul of the system.

The fact of the matter is that VAR is here to stay, and it's up to fans and players alike to learn to live with it.

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