Richard Keys weighs in on Liverpool vs Man City VAR controversy | Football | Sport


Richard Keys has made strong comments about referee Michael Oliver after the Liverpool vs Man City match. He said that Oliver thinks he’s “above reproach” and called VAR a “waste of time” when he’s refereeing.

Michael Oliver didn’t award Liverpool a penalty when Man City’s Jeremy Doku appeared to land a kick high on Alexis Mac Allister in the penalty area. This decision led to Richard Keys speaking out. Keys shared his thoughts on social media, writing: “Until someone in VAR finds the courage to tell Oliver that he’s made a mistake what we saw happen at Anfield yesterday – and most weeks elsewhere – will keep happening. I’ve said it all this season and last. He thinks he’s above reproach. VAR is a waste of time when he’s on the pitch.”

In his blog, Keys also wrote: “What did Jurgen Klopp have for lunch if he thought Stewart Attwell was going to tell Michael Oliver he’d made a mistake? There was no chance of that happening. Zero. None. Not Sunday. Not ever. And I’ve been telling you all this for months now.”

He added: “Of course Liverpool should’ve had a late pen – but once Oliver had decided otherwise, Attwell was in a really invidious position. There was no way he was going to ask Oliver to go to the monitor.”

Last month, Keys suggested that VAR David Coote didn’t dare to tell referee Michael Oliver to review a potential penalty during Liverpool’s match at Brentford. He wrote: “Brentford should’ve had a pen. Robertson knew it was a pen. You can see that by the way he limply kicks the ball away after clattering Toney. The only person in the ground that didn’t think it was a pen was Michael Oliver. What happened to VAR?

“David Coote went missing because he knows that Oliver is never going to accept someone he regards as inferior to him sending him to a monitor. Operators are scared of Oliver so they back off. We know this because Mike Dean admitted as much early in the season. Refs help their mates out and duck controversy.”

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp firmly believed his team deserved a penalty and was confused about what is considered a “clear and obvious” mistake. After facing City manager Pep Guardiola for the 30th time, possibly the last, Klopp remarked: “Why would the guy in the (VAR) studio think that is not clear and obvious? What must you have for lunch if you think that is not clear and obvious?

“I’m really not angry, it’s just the situation. It’s fine. I’m so happy about the way we played today.”

Speaking about the incident, boss Klopp said: “This situation on all positions on the pitch is 100 per cent a foul and it’s a yellow card. [Doku] hit the ball but he could only hit the ball because his foot was right there. If the ball is not there, he kills him.”

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