Conor Coady speaks out about VAR during interview after Liverpool 1-0 Wolves

  • Rob Swan

Another round of Premier League matches and yet more VAR controversy.

This time Premier League leaders Liverpool benefited from a hugely controversial VAR decision which saw Wolves’ Pedro Neto denied an equaliser at Anfield.

Jonny was deemed to have been offside by the slimmest of margins just minutes after Sadio Mane had broken the deadlock following an earlier VAR review when the ball bounced off Adam Lallana’s shoulder inside the box.

In the build-up to Liverpool’s goal, the ball also appeared to hit Virgil van Dijk’s arm.

Sky Sports claimed VAR checked the replay of the alleged handball and said the ‘evidence is inconclusive’.

Wolves were understandably incensed during the match and their captain Conor Coady spoke passionately about VAR during a post-match interview on Sky Sports.

Asked if he and his teammates felt hard done by, Coady began: “Massively. It’s constantly happening, it’s ridiculous.

“People talk about VAR but they don’t ask us about the situation. For me, it’s not working. Some people are saying it gets the right decision but we’re the players on the pitch and it doesn’t feel good, believe me.”

Coady then provided some fascinating insight about what it’s like to play a match where VAR is in use – and it sounds even more confusing than watching it on TV.

“Anthony Taylor [the referee] is a great fella to speak to but I ask a question and I don’t get an answer,” Coady continued.

“We thought Van Dijk handballed it in the lead up to the goal, but the referee tells me Van Dijk is too far away. I can’t get my head around it. Van Dijk played the pass for the goal.

“It’s affecting the game. The crowd are singing it, the crowd don’t like it, no one likes it. No one has asked the players about it.

“They did a presentation at the start of the season and told us what was going to happen but it’s still confusing, you still can’t get your head around it – you don’t get answers on the pitch, they don’t tell you ‘right we’re checking for a penalty, we’re checking for handball, we’re checking for offside’… Okay, so who’s offside? ‘We don’t know’. Okay, so how far offside? ‘We don’t know – we don’t get told’.”

Having discovered that Lys Mousset had also been stripped of a goal by VAR following a marginal offside goal in the Premier League clash between Sheffield United and Manchester City, Coady added: “It’s happened again, hasn’t it. Armpits are becoming quite the rage at the moment, aren’t they?”

They certainly are, Conor.

Watch the interview in full here…

Plenty of football fans on social media were delighted that Coady decided to speak out about VAR following these latest incidents…

When will the VAR madness end?

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