Liverpool fans left raging after VAR appointment for crunch clash with Chelsea

Liverpool fans are bemoaning the decision to put referee Paul Tierney on VAR duty for their game against Chelsea on Sunday.

Jurgen Klopp infamously blow up after the Reds were handed what he perceived to be a number of bad decisions during their match with Tottenham earlier this month.

The Merseyside club drew 2-2 with Antonio Conte’s men at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium but the game was marred with controversy as Harry Kane escaped a red card for a poor challenge while Diogo Jota was denied a penalty.

As a result, Klopp blasted the referee after the game, both to his face and also in the post-match press conference.

Upon the final whistle, the German boss marched over to Tierney and said: “I have no problems with any referees. Only you.

"You have never played football."

Klopp then doubled down on his comments after the Premier League encounter, saying: “It is always helpful when you play football yourself.

"When you see the situation back (Diogo Jota’s penalty appeal), the VAR is there. Why is he stopping? I don’t understand. The draw is fine. We are not crazy enough to think we cannot draw at Tottenham but these situations are crucial.

“I have no idea what his [referee Paul Tierney] problem is with me.

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“But just an objective ref who sees the situations and judges them. He told me he thinks he stops on purpose. It is incredible. He had the best spot on the pitch and doesn’t give it. You will have to ask him what his problem is with me.”

The Reds play Chelsea in what will be a crucial tie this weekend, especially with Manchester City now leading the pack at the top of the table.

And the confirmation that Tierney will be on VAR duty didn’t go down well for Liverpool fans.

One said: “Title race is surely over then.”

Another said: “f**** sake”

A third stated: “F*** not this guy again.”

Klopp’s side will head to Stamford Bridge for the encounter, with Chelsea currently struggling owing to a number of injuries, particularly in the wingback position.

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