There won’t be many FA Cup ties in recent memory that had as many controversial moments as Liverpool vs West Brom.
The fixture at Anfield was the sixth time VAR had been used in an English game and the technology was really put to the test.
It was used twice in a matter of minutes to address two major moments in the match.
The first saw Craig Dawson’s diving header correctly chalked off for Gareth Barry being in an offside position, while the second saw a penalty awarded for a foul on Mohamed Salah – Roberto Firmino would miss the resulting spot kick.
The second incident saw a delay of around four minutes, with a number of other stoppages during the first half due to injuries to both Kieran Gibbs and Hal Robson-Kanu.
But, to everyone’s disbelief, there were only four minutes added on to the first-half.
Strange, right? Well, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has made a pretty controversial claim about why the added time was so short in his pre-match press conference on Monday.
He said: “What I heard was that the actual extra time in the first half should have been 10 minutes. It was only four minutes. I heard that television said it’s not longer than four minutes.
“Of course that’s not possible, you can’t cut match time because there is something else to broadcast. I don’t know what was on afterwards, maybe the news or something. It was 10 minutes and so you need to play 10 minutes longer. You cannot say it’s now a little bit too long.”
A pretty big claim made by the German boss.
Whether the extra time would have made any difference in the Reds’ 3-2 loss is another matter entirely, but it is certainly a point that needs to be investigated.
According to the Guardian, a spokesperson for BT Sport has stated that broadcasting had no impact whatsoever on the added time.
This is probably not the last we will hear on this.