Jamie Carragher’s VAR rant after Man City vs Liverpool highlights problems

Jamie Carragher has slammed the use of VAR following another controversial decision.

Manchester City were awarded a penalty in their Premier League clash with Liverpool after Joe Gomez was adjudged to have handled in the box.

Referee Craig Pawson originally pointed for a corner before being advised by VAR to check the pitchside monitor.

Following a few replays, Pawson overturned his original decision and awarded a spot-kick, which was missed by Kevin De Bruyne.

Though Carragher has been left fuming with the use of VAR, believing the referees have been advised to change their decision when they go to the monitor.

"Everything looks more obvious in slow motion, of course it does,” Carragher said on Sky Sports.

“IFAB seem to be making a mess of the handball rule now, and it’s not taken into situations in a game with any context. There’s definitely a big problem, not just with handball but with VAR in general.

"We all feel a lot happier this season because the referees are going to the monitor, but it’s made absolutely no difference.

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“Only one referee has stuck with his decision having been sent to a monitor, and that referee made an absolute mess of it.

"As soon as they get sent there, they always change the decision, so it’s no different to whether the referee goes and has a look or VAR tells him he’s made a mistake.

"One decision in how many? We must be close to 40 or 50 times now where a referee has gone to a monitor and only one time they’ve stuck with the decision.

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“That doesn’t feel right because the referees aren’t then going and given their own opinions, they can’t be."

The missed penalty cost City as they ended up drawing the clash at the Etihad 1-1.

Mohamed Salah had put Liverpool ahead from the spot after Sadio Mane was fouled before Gabriel Jesus equalised.

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